Union County Young Professionals (UCYP) is a group that brings together young professionals to exchange ideas, interact socially and share common interest in order to position themselves as Union County’s future business and community leaders.
During the last few years, many communities nationwide have formed young professionals organizations to combat “brain drain” and increase talent retention, which not only attracts new businesses, but also increases the local quality of life as young professionals become more involved with important community issues.
UCYP offers members the opportunity to network with peers and community/business leaders, enjoy casual luncheons and after-work social events, explore career and leadership development opportunities, discuss hot topics and political issues, and participate in community service events.
Who We Are…
We wear blue collars, white collars or no collars at all.
We work day shifts, night shifts or make our own hours.
We live or work in Union County and care about its future.
We are both young and old and have progressive attitudes.
We are creative, passionate and equally determined.
We want to harness the collective strength of our community and make positive changes.
What We Offer…
UCYP is a group of young professionals that exchange ideas, interact socially and share our common interests in order to position ourselves as Union County’s future business and community leaders.
UCYP offers members the opportunity to network with peers and community/business leaders, enjoy casual luncheons and after-work social gatherings, explore career and leadership development prospects, discuss hot topics and political issues, and participate in community service events.
UCYP allows members the chance to network in some of the hottest venues in Union County and Central Ohio, and enjoy the best our community has to offer.
How It Works…
Membership in UCYP is open to anyone living or working in Union County who is between the ages of 21 to 40. All you need to do is complete a Membership Application and submit payment to the Union County Chamber of Commerce. You will receive notifications of upcoming events and be encouraged to participate.
Are you interested in expanding your professional and social network, while making a positive and lasting difference in the community? If so, UCYP is the place for you! UCYP Membership allows you access to a wide variety of professional development, social and civic programming in Union County.
UCYP gives Union County young professionals the opportunity to:
- Meet and interact with prominent business and community leaders
- Develop professional skills and find career advancement opportunities
- Gain leadership experience through committee and board involvement
- Experience new and exciting social and cultural venues throughout the region
- Network with fellow young professionals
Being a UCYP member pays! UCYP Members benefit from:
- Access to exclusive UCYP member-only events
- Free admission to select events
- Discounted admission to professional development programs
- And more to come!
- Annual Membership: $35 (only $25 if you employer is a Union County Chamber of Commerce member)
Many employers value their employees being involved with a group like UCYP. Be sure to ask your manager or HR department about the possibility of reimbursing you for UCYP membership dues.
The Union County Young Professionals is comprised of three working committees: Strategic Partnerships, Leadership & Career Development, and Social Networking.
Strategic Partnership Committee
Purpose: The purpose of the Strategic Partnerships Committee is to promote professional growth through establishing and retaining productive and meaningful relationships with businesses, institutions and organizations.
Leadership and Career Development Committee
Purpose: The Leadership and Career Development Committee connects young professionals with organizations, resources, and initiatives that will not only prepare them for careers that meet local businesses’ demands, but also allow them to become good stewards of the community.
Social Networking Committee
Purpose: The Social Networking Committee provides opportunities for young professionals to develop relationships highlighting a myriad of entertainment options in Union County. In addition, the Social Networking Committee will engage a group of young professionals who have similar interests and can mutually benefit from increased interaction.
If you are interested in serving on a UCYP Committee, please contact us for more information.
How do I become a member of UCYP?
Simply complete our Membership Application, submit payment, and you’re good to go!
Does membership cost anything?
Yes. $35 Annual ($25 if your employer is a Union County Chamber of Commerce member)
Is membership based on age?
Yes, membership in UCYP is available to individuals between the ages of 21 to 40 who live or work within Union County. Ideally we are looking for members who want to advance their career, build a better community and have fun!
Is UCYP a Singles Organization?
No. While our events are attended by both singles and couples, UCYP is an organization whose mission is to strengthen and engage emerging business leaders in Union County.
I do not know any UCYP members. Can I attend an event alone?
The majority of our attendees attend events by themselves. Since networking is an important component of UCYP, if you do not know anybody, feel free to tell us this when you arrive and we would be happy to introduce you to others.
I have a venue or idea that I think would be good for a UCYP event. How can I make suggestions?
We are always looking for new and exciting venues and ideas for events. If you have any suggestions, please email them to us.
Do you offer events outside Union County?
Many of UCYP’s events are held within Union County. It is our belief that there are many great restaurants, attractions and entertainment venues right here in Union County. However, we will occasionally host events outside Union County, primarily in the Columbus area. Another aspect that UCYP is reviewing is partnership activities with other young professionals organizations in Central Ohio. To review a list of Columbus-area young professionals organization, please visit the Columbus Chamber of Commerce’s website.
What if I have other questions?
Please email them to us or call us at 937-642-6279.