How It All Started...
YPA was started by four local professionals who were tired of hearing people say there was nothing to do in this town with no way to network and meet new people. In 2007, Megan Seese Livingston, Jill Skowron Gontkovic, Helene Gleason and Adia Dobbins decided to form a young professionals organization and within a few months the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies was formed and functional.
Over the years, YPA has worked hard to not only provide social and networking opportunities but to also give young professionals a voice in the future of our region. YPA was a driving force in the 2020 Regional Vision, a research-based study that reached out to thousands or local residents and former local residents. Among other things, the report concluded that jobs alone are not enough to keep YPs in the area -- quality of life amenities are critical, too -- but attracting former residents back to the community will produce significant economic gains for the region. While pointing out the significant challenges that the region faces in terms of jobs and educational opportunities, the report also found that the city is as good as or better than comparable communities in Vitality, Around Town and Cost of Living -- strengths on which we can build.
YPA has also been a key influence in mobilizing community volunteers. The organization has supported more than 30 different local and national charitable causes through events and donations. The continued demand for YPA volunteers lead to the collaboration with Lift Johnstown to create a volunteer registry site for all community volunteers, which has now transitioned to Get Connected (a site managed by Lift Johnstown and The United Way of the Laurel Highlands).
YPA always has been, and continues to be, a true catalyst for change in our community.
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First Friday Helping Hours (FFHH)
The First Friday of every month we get together for a casual happy hour and a great cause. Each time we choose a different charity or activity to support with donations. Be sure to check our calendar and join us!
Each month we choose a different organization and lend a helping hand by collecting donations to further their causes. We announce the current month's charity along with our First Friday Helping hour and attendees bring their donations along. So far in 2018, we've collected
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Offer An Idea
We're always looking for causes to support in the future. If you would like to submit an idea for us to consider, please contact us.
YPA is governed by a board of volunteer members. The board strategically drives the mission of the organization. This leadership position requires community involvement, attendance at monthly board meetings and YPA events, and the desire to grow professionally. Serving on a non-profit board such as YPA is an integral step for many previous and current board members to establishing themselves as a community leader.