Our MISSION is to provide an environment for individuals between the ages of 22 and 39 to meet and develop both socially and professionally.
Our VISION is to be an organization that brings young professionals together through the hosting of networking and developmental opportunities throughout the year. We will be an avenue for attracting and retaining new young professionals to the Greater Aiken area through these events. We will be a voice in the community for the young professionals in Greater Aiken. We will foster a collaborative relationship between the Greater Aiken Chamber Commerce and area businesses.
Throughout the year AYP hosts monthly gatherings called Third Thursday. Third Thursday is an opportunity for individuals ages 22 to 39 to meet other young professionals in a relaxed atmosphere for networking. Members and first time guests are free. Registration is requested. In addition to Third Thursday, AYP hosts supper club, professional development opportunities and community service projects.
AYP takes pride in being the voice of the local young professionals and working with the community to plan for a better future for tomorrow’s young professionals.
The Aiken Young Professionals (AYP) will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in 2017, and it is shaping up to be another exciting and productive year. The theme for AYP’s upcoming year is Get Connected – a launching pad for young people in Aiken to set themselves up for leadership roles throughout the community. This theme aligns with the communitywide Connect Aiken campaign, a part of the City of Aiken’s Strategic Plan. Get Connected also reflects AYP’s desire to reconnect with the organization’s history, previous AYP leaders and alumni.
AYP’s vision is simple- provide young professionals with social and professional opportunities, attract and retain young professionals to the Greater Aiken region and be a voice in the community for the collective young professional population in the area. AYP provides a way to showcase the quality of life, diverse culture, places and opportunities that Aiken has to offer individuals ages 22-39 years old.
One of AYP’s goals in 2017 is to connect with potential new members in different industries. Traditionally AYP has exceled in attracting members that are in businesses that see the value of networking groups. The group would like to see the traditional definition of “professional” expanded. Several industries including manufacturing, education, and construction are significantly underrepresented in the AYP membership.
Author and adviser David Maister says, “…real professionalism has little, if anything, to do with which business you are in, what role within that business you perform, or how many degrees you have. Rather it implies a pride in work, a commitment to quality, a dedication to the interest of the client, and a sincere desire to help.”
If you are an hourly worker, a small-business owner, a corporate employee, or a volunteer and have the traits that Maister lists above, you have a place in AYP.
“As the 10th anniversary year of AYP approaches, there is an excitement in the air for where we started, where we are now, and what we will become,” said 2017 AYP Chair Elizabeth Cahill. “We have an extremely strong and dedicated group of individuals on the Steering Committee. We recognize that anniversaries are always a cause for celebration and look forward to embarking on AYP’s 10th successful year!”
To learn more and t0 join AYP please click here to visit our membership.