YEP members @ Hot Tamale 7/12/14


The YEP mission states: YEP’s mission is to connect and engage emerging leaders in their 20’s & 30’s in activities that support our community and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce while making the Lower Naugatuck Valley region and its surrounding communities a more energetic, exciting and active place to work and live.

We accomplish this mission by focusing on three pillars: Connect. Develop. Support. This post focuses on the Connect portion.

YEP connects young professionals who live, work, and/or play in the area to each other during monthly after hour networking events (YEPresents), volunteering activities, and professional development events.

They say it’s not what you know, but who you know. It is important for young professionals to connect with each other and with their local community, especially when they are looking for a job, to advance their career, to change careers, or to get involved.

Sales professionals are always looking for new prospects and consumers are more comfortable working with someone they know. Leads on new clients and recommendations on where to buy are inevitably exchanged at networking events such as the monthly YEPresents.

CEO Speaks is a members only series of events that puts 15-20 YEP members in a room with local business leaders. The speakers make a short presentation and then take questions from the audience. This is an invaluable opportunity to learn from successful leaders and develop stronger leadership skills.

Getting involved with the community makes you feel good. People volunteer because it makes them feel good. YEP connects people who want to get involved with opportunities to do so. The Community Outreach Committee works closely with The Valley United Way and their CVC (Corporate Volunteer Council),  and other local organizations to find ways we can get involved.

Annually, YEP takes part in a variety of community events, including but not limited to: Bowl-2-Benefit, The Valley Goes Pink, Toys 4 Kids, and The Back-2-School Backpack Program.

It is all connected. In the next few posts, we will dig deeper into the other two pillars, Develop and Support, and as you read, you will notice some aspects will be repeated. While each pillar is specific, it would be almost impossible to focus solely on one without the other two.

Is it your time to emerge? If you are not a YEP member but would like to be, head on over to the Join YEP section or The Greater Valley Chamber website to sign up. Membership is only $40 a year, or $30 if you are a Chamber member.


(428 words by Kayleigh Apicerno)

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