York Young Professionals on a mission to continue pushing Downtown York forward

Members of the York Young Professionals board pose for a portrait recently at the York College Center for Community Engagement, the former home of the York Lafayette Club. Seated on couch, from left, are: Evan Gabel, secretary; Adam Nugent, president; and Laurin Gross, vice president. Around them, from left, are: Trisha Melikian, treasurer; Doug Hammond, member-at-large; Kevin Forry, outreach chair; Nikki Brandt, partnerships chair; Danielle Makrias, membership chair; Matthew Davis, socials chair; Jody Chesla, past president; David Gonzalez, YCEA liaison; Will Hanlon, marketing chair; and Gretchen Kowalik, events chair. (Our York Media)

Adam Nugent is on a mission for York. You can see it in his eyes as he walks around the old building at 59 E. Market Street, the former home of York’s elite Lafayette Club. Inside, he admires the history that dons the walls — a piece of the city’s past. Years ago, it was a place where ideas came to life and civic engagement thrived.

Today, the renovated building serves as York College’s Center for Community Engagement, and it’s a fitting place for the latest board meeting of the York Young Professionals, who are among a generation of innovative leaders writing York’s next chapter.

“YYP has a simple goal this year: to continue pushing Downtown York forward,” says Adam, the organization’s president. “We have a really strong group already active in that push and a membership base looking for even more ways to move toward that diverse and distinct vision of York that we’re all working to achieve.”

Redefining the young professional

The group is refining its mission by redefining what it means to be a York Young Professional.

While members range between their mid-20s to early 40s, young mostly refers to a state of mind, Adam says, and professional doesn’t necessarily mean someone dressed in a suit working an office job.

 

“We want to serve as a catalyst for making York a more vibrant place to live, work and play.”

 

“We see some of the best makers in York working in their shops with beanies and jeans,” he says.

The keyword in the group’s name, therefore, is York, and the focus among its members this year is to work together to make York the place they want it to be, regardless of how old you are or where you work.

A shared mission

It starts with building real relationships among the group, creating connections instead of leads.

“We get to know each other first,” Adam says. “We’re not just exchanging business cards at our meetings.”

It means working together with fellow organizations, offering members connections to volunteer opportunities and pathways to join other nonprofit boards throughout the community.

It means capitalizing on the fresh drive of a membership hungry to take ownership of the place they call home, to join Adam and the board on their shared mission:

“We want to serve as a catalyst for making York a more vibrant place to live, work and play,” Adam says, “not just for the people in this organization, but for the whole community.”

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