Congratulations on becoming a member of the Young Professionals of Aggieland!*** Our simple registration and basic membership requirements make YPA extremely accessible. Do you receive the monthly newsletter? Then you’re a member. Just like that.
Occasionally we hear new members say they are concerned they aren’t showing up to enough events. Fret not. There are no attendance requirements, point systems or dues. Many of our members came as first time guests of existing members and joined on the spot.
Our primary goal is to provide networking opportunities for our members and area businesses. Like many opportunities in life you get out what you put in. Finding a couple of events per month can be beneficial, but you won’t get any sideways stares if you need to take a few months off.
Staying in the Know
We have a few different channels for getting information out to our members. Our primary focus is our monthly newsletter. It contains all the events that have already been planned, and dates for upcoming committee meetings.
We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We have this website which consolidates a lot of the information into a space that’s all our own. In fact, make sure to check out the calendar and subscribe through your own calendar service if you want events to automatically appear on your lists.
Supporting the Community
The Young Professionals of Aggieland is an approved 501(c)(3) and provides many ways to improve our community in the Brazos Valley. We have three subcommittees which define our organization’s mission of education and outreach; Social and Networking, Professional Development, and Service and Outreach.
Social and Networking (Upcoming Events)
No matter what our organization does the founders knew it would be with other people, so fostering healthy relationships and growing interpersonal networks was a primary concern.
Our Sip and Socials and YPA Exclusives are great ways to get started if you’re looking for an easy way to meet some new members. Lake Day is held every summer (coming up soon on July 12), and our Anniversary Party in January is where we both donate money from the previous year to a selected charity and announce a new charity for the upcoming year.
Professional Development (Upcoming Events)
Personal and professional improvement is critical to staying competitive; especially in tight job markets. Locally we have a strong influence from Texas A&M University which awarded over 8,700 degrees this past spring, a campus record. School officials estimate about 75,000 students enrolled in the fall. Recent graduates are typically ready to move to larger metro areas to start their careers, but Bryan/College Station is becoming an increasingly attractive option.Long-time residents and people who recently moved to the area are competing for employment in an area with a population near a quarter-million. Combined with the university, this puts a lot of downward pressure on wages and salaries. However, those looking for more than a semester- or summer-long job can bring experience, accountability, and longevity to the interview table—possibly giving a slight edge.
The ProDev committee provides opportunities like dinner and learns, Ted Talk Tuesdays, business card exchanges, and more. Members can improve their professional skills, regardless of their line of work. No matter what industry you work in, you can always perform your job with professionalism and courtesy.
Service and Outreach (Upcoming Events)
Aggieland is inherently a generous community, so our organization would be remiss if we didn’t try to give as much back as possible.
Every year we donate a portion of our budget to an area charity. Events throughout the year incrementally add to the amount we are able to give. We provide hundreds of volunteer hours for other non-profit groups and events, and engender a spirit of giving.
We have adopted a stretch of Highway 47 on the west side of town (see map) and hold cleanup events quarterly.
Occasionally Service and Outreach will team up with Social and Networking for something we like to call Sip, Social, and Serve; it’s a fun way to merge two of our committees and have a lot of fun for a good cause. If you missed our Puppy Pub Night at the Backyard on Northgate, you better make plans for next time.
Head to the calendar, jot down an event or two in your day planner or set a reminder, then come join us for some fun. We have monthly committee meetings that are open to all members, so if you don’t see something you like, suggest it. We’re always interested in new ways to provide valuable services and events for our members, and it’s possible your ideas may have that certain je ne sais quoi.
Subscribe to our social media feeds, or just send us a quick email. We hope to see you out in Aggieland real soon!