“To increase the size and quality of the Windham Region workforce”
“To attract and support Young Professionals by providing engaging opportunities and community-minded events in a socially equitable way throughout Southern Vermont”
Southern Vermont Young Professionals was founded 4 years ago to help build a stronger, bigger community of young adults in the region. Last year over 600 people enjoyed SoVTYP events, attended trainings, or volunteered.
But there’s more we can do to create a vibrant, growing community of young people in Southern Vermont, which is why today we are asking you to consider becoming a Member.
Why membership? While Southern Vermont Young Professionals is one of the strongest YP organizations in the state, we can do more! Membership will help us to:
- Stay connected, so we can adapt programming to evolving needs
- Deepen connections between YPs and regional employers
- Provide membership benefits like event discounts and special events
- Increase opportunities for volunteerism and professional development
- Better deploy our terrific YP community to welcome new SoVermonters to the region
Perhaps most important, by identifying as SoVermont Young Professional you are helping to represent young professionals in our communities and workplaces, and directly contributing to the work of building connections and a critical mass of young people in the region.
For the past few years, BDCC Southern Vermont Young Professionals have hosted a First Time Home Buyer informational event. Home buying experts from the Windham-Windsor Housing Trust, local realtors, and local lenders meet with young people from the Windham Region who are interested in buying…
Southern Vermont Young Professionals File Taxes Together at Free Tax Prep Workshop with United Way of Windham County
At this year's tax prep workshop, hosted by the Southern Vermont Young Professionals and United Way of Windham County, all attendees left with completed taxes! This free tax prep assistance uses MyFreeTaxes.com. The only qualifications needed in order to use this free service is that you…
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One way for young professionals to get involved is to see if your town is in need of any volunteers. This could mean volunteering for a nonprofit, sitting on a committee, or running for an elected position such as on a commission or the select board.
Here are the steps to take if you are interested in getting more involved in your town:
- Sign up for your town’s newsletter. Most towns send something out monthly.
- Contact your town clerk or manager. They know what committees need volunteers or what elected positions will be opening up. You can find their contact info here.
- Check out your town’s calendar to see when commissions, committees, and the select board meet. Attending these meetings as a resident is a great way to see the ins and outs of what is happening in your town. It can also help to get a feel for the group before committing to something more long term.
Are you the type of person that likes one-off volunteering opportunities or something oriented more towards community service? We always suggest that young professionals visit the United Way’s Get Connected. This is were a majority of the volunteer opportunities are listed throughout Windham County.
One of the benefits of having a tight knit network in the Windham Region is that we can call on each other when a new person moves to town and wants to make some connections. When we know of a new young professional in town, we love to connect them with a young professional who has been living in the community for some time. This gives the new resident the start of a network, and some one to ask some questions that they may not want to ask their employer, like “Where is the best place to buy beer?” and “Which bank has the best customer service?”
Can we call on you to help welcome new young professionals? If that’s a YES, there here are the steps to make that happen:
- Become a SoVTYPS member, if you haven’t already.
- When you are registering as a member, there is a question that asks if we can call on you to help welcome new YPs. Check yes!
- When we have a new YP looking to make connections, we’ll look at our members who’ve identified as wanting to help welcome new YPs and potentially call on you!
The Southern Vermont Young Professionals is a professional development, social networking, and sustainable place-making program designed to retain, attract, and support new and native Vermonters between the ages of 22-45.
The need for a vibrant young professional community was identified in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) created by SeVEDS, and the Southern Vermont Young Professionals works to mitigate the negative impacts of an aging workforce and tax-base.
Learn more about the Southern Vermont Young Professionals Annual Creative Black Tie Gala which happens every March!
Current Southern Vermont Young Professionals Steering Committee Members:
- Katie Knaeble, Vermont Department of Labor
- Alyssa Todd, Windham County Safe Place Child Advocacy Center and SUSI
- Avery Schwenk, Hermit Thrush Brewery
- Chelsea Nunez, NachoAverage Events
- Sarah Wiggins, Antioch University
- Michael Root, USPS
- Josh Roberts, Edward Jones Investments
- John Pritchard, Fitts, Olson & Giddings
- Christine Abdelnour, Allstate Insurance
- Taylor Franklin, Franklin Farms and CC4G