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.

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Seeking Nominations for 4th Annual Emerging Leaders of Southern Vermont

Southern Vermont-- At the 4th Annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit on May 28th, a new group of Emerging Leaders of Southern Vermont will be recognized. But we need your help! Your nominations help support and honor young professionals. The purpose of the Emerging Leaders nomination…

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Southern Vermont Young Professionals 2019 Recap

Reflections on Another Busy Year for SoVTYPs 2019 was a big year in many ways for the Southern Vermont Young Professionals. SoVTYPs was launched in Fall 2012 as a Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) population retention strategy. It has operated since then as a…

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Holiday Homecoming Encourages Former Locals to Return for Good

Event on Thanksgiving Eve in Brattleboro Targets Visiting Friends and Family   BRATTLEBORO, VT – Thousands of old friends and family will pour into the region next week for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) wants more of these former locals to consider…

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Southern Vermont Young Professionals host Fourth First Time Home Buyer Info Session At Flat Iron Exchange Café in Bellows Falls

Every year the Southern Vermont Young Professionals, a program of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, hosts an informational session for people who are considering buying their first home. This informational session allows attendees to ask candid and frank questions of experts in the home buying…

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Getting Involved

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:

  1. Sign up for your town’s newsletter. Most towns send something out monthly.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Become a SoVTYPS member, if you haven’t already.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!

Getting Connected

You can become a member! Membership is free and it connects you to others who identify as a young professional. Typically, as a member, you get special discounts to events that are happening around the region, as they are available:  https://memberplanet.com/sovtyoungprofessionals

You can follow us on Facebook. This is one place we post about our events and where employers post job openings: https://www.facebook.com/SOVTYP/

You can sign up for our newsletter! This comes about once a month and includes highlights from past events, updates on upcoming events, professional development and volunteer opportunities, and more! You can sign up by texting SOVTYPS to 444999

Join us at any one of our events and meet fellow young professionals! We typically have 1-2 events a month. You can see upcoming events above.

Our steering committee meetings are open to the public! We typically meet on the first Monday of every month. If you are interested in learning more about what we do and how we operate, you can attend one of our meetings. If you are interested in becoming more active in the Southern Vermont Young Professionals, reach out to Sarah Lang at slang@brattleborodevelopment.com

Southern Vermont Young Professionals Steering Committee Members

  • Katie Knaeble, Vermont Department of Labor, Co-Chair of SoVTYP Steering Committee
  • John Pritchard, Fitts, Olson & Giddings, Co-Chair of SoVTYP Steering Committee
  • Sarah Wiggins-Donovan, SIT Study Abroad, Treasurer of SoVTYP Steering Committee
  • Christine Abdelnour, Allstate Insurance, Secretary of SoVTYP Steering Committee
  • Alyssa Todd, National Children’s Alliance
  • Michael Root, United States Post Office
  • Josh Roberts, Edward Jones Investments
  • Taylor Franklin, Families First
  • Christopher Lukasik, Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office

Mission Statement:

“To increase the size and quality of the Windham Region workforce”

Vision Statement:

To attract and support Young Professionals by providing engaging opportunities and community-minded events in a socially equitable way throughout Southern Vermont”