To create a platform that provides young professionals in eastern Connecticut with positive opportunities upon which to build professional networks, social relationships, and engage in volunteer activities that improve the economic vitality and quality of life of our community.
To enrich the local economy and community by providing business, networking, and volunteer opportunities to support the career development and personal choices of young professionals, and to promote the qualities that make eastern Connecticut an attractive place for young adults to live, work, and play.
Benefits of Membership
The Young Professionals of Eastern Connecticut is the largest organization of its kind in the area, serving young adults from East Lyme, Waterford, New London, Groton, Norwich, Mystic, and the many surrounding communities.
As a member of YPECT, you are not just adding an organization to your resume. You are taking an initiative to get involved and make a difference. YPECT makes it easy for your voice to be heard by providing numerous benefits to you:
- Network with other young professionals at monthly events.
- Meet with prominent business and philanthropic leaders.
- Develop professional skills.
- Volunteer and engage with the local community.
- Enjoy discounts at participating Chamber member businesses, learn more.
- Attend Chamber programs and events at the discounted member rate.
New in town? Not sure what’s going on for young adults in eastern Connecticut? Not sure how to get involved and have your voice heard? YPECT events aim to answer at least one of these questions. Ambassadors are also on hand at events to welcome and assist new members and guests.
The benefits of membership continue to grow every day, but it’s up to you to truly make your experience work for you.
What qualifies as a Young Professional?
Let’s look at the two words separately to provide some better context:
- Young: Anyone who feels that they are still young is qualified! Typically the term “young professional” indicates that they are between 21-40, but those who fall outside of that range can still benefit from membership.
- Professional: Many YPECT members work in a professional setting, but also include artists, service workers, self-employed, home based businesses, entrepreneurs, students, and everything in between.
YPECT Organizational Structure
The Young Professionals of Eastern CT (YPECT) is a division of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut which offers ambitious young professionals opportunities for social networking, professional development, and civic engagement. It is organized by Chamber staff, and influenced by a peer-elected Chairperson and a planning committee.
Membership will help you meet new people, build your career and professional network, develop your leadership abilities, experience the highlights of living in eastern Connecticut, and give back to the community.
Our members don’t just come to events to trade business cards and walk away. This is a place where young professionals build lasting friendships, working relationships, share ideas and invest in the future of our region.
Networking is a key component of the YPECT program. Each month, members and guests will gather at these informal meetings to conduct business, make new contacts and develop leads that add to their bottom line. Events are hosted in some of eastern Connecticut’s premier hot spots and unique venues that have specific offerings for young adults. Past events have been held at restaurants, museums, hotels, wineries, dance studios, and more. You’ll have an opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and share common interests with peers in a fun environment.
Now is the time to invest in yourself and your career. YPECT members are encouraged to take advantage of their individual affiliation with the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT and attend the many career-oriented programs offered by the region’s largest business organization. Special guest speakers and development topics are also offered at some YPECT programs.
Members are encouraged to participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities, presented as they become available with Chamber member non-profit organizations. This may include food drives, charity walks, hands-on activities, and more. YPECT members are also involved in local parades and expos to gain exposure and encourage new membership. These activities are not only chances to learn about and give back to our community, but to build lasting relationships within it.