PLATTSBURGH - The Adirondack Young Professionals want to keep young professionals in our region.
The nonprofit organization, known as ADKYP, has entered its third year in existence, with its continued mission to create networking opportunities for young professionals in the North Country.
Keri L. Mack, president of the ADKYP board of directors, said much has been done in the community since the organization was formed in 2007, then under the name of "hYPe." And, though the organization changed its name to better identify with the region it represents, its vision has remained the same.
"The focus is to create opportunities for young professionals to socialize, network and serve," said Mack. "Our hopes are that people will connect with us when they move in to the area and we'll be able to connect them to other young professionals in their field or with social activities that they're interested in, so they will want to stay and work here."
That's a challenge not uncommon in communities across the country, said Mack. Nevertheless, it's important to the ADKYP to continue coming up with new ways to prevent the loss of young, talented individuals.
"It's important to our workforce and it's important to the entire United States," said Mack. "In order to do that, with this generation, you have to provide professional opportunities and you have to provide ways of socialization."
The ADKYP has hosted several networking events since it was established, giving young professionals opportunities to meet one other and discuss common interests. However, the events haven't only been about socializing.
"Whenever we host a networking event, we connect it to fundraising for an organization," said Mack. "We've done events for the Adirondack Humane Society, Red Cross, STOP Domestic Violence, the local food shelf and many others."
Why is it so important to ADKYP members to do this?