Jackson Young Professionals Celebrate Milestone Anniversary

Jack2016 Annual Meetingson Young Professionals (JxnYP) invited members, sponsors and community leaders to join in celebrating their “official” one year anniversary at their first annual dinner on Thursday, May 19th. The event featured guest Master of Ceremonies Bart Hawley, owner of JTV, updates from the Jackson Young Professionals Board of Directors, and testimonials from a variety of group members. It was a celebration of not only the organization, but their passion around growing the Jackson community.

Guests were treated to stories about the origins of the organization and details about how the group has grown to include 137 paid members in 2015 and nearly 500 people that have attended at least one JxnYP event. Board members highlighted the organization’s structure, including information on the group’s many community service activities, popular social events, how the brand was developed, and an update on the financials of the organization. Member testimonials focused on stories about how they discovered the group and how involvement has helped them in their professional and social lives.

“The testimonials and anecdotes of the young professionals about their experiences in Jackson and their relationships with fellow millennials through JxnYP was eye opening.” Said Allan Hooper, Executive Director, Jackson Anchor Initiative. He continued, “All came from a different perspective, yet all shared the common theme of being better off for their involvement with the group. The accomplishments of this organization and the individuals within it has been remarkable.”

The group held their first meeting in April 2014 and became an official 501(c)6 non-profit in April 2015 with the introduction of paid membership at that time.

Leslie Youngdahl, President of Jackson Young Professionals expressed her thoughts on the growing organization. “JxnYP has come a long way very quickly in the course of two years. We can measure our growth with any number of metrics, but my favorite victories are realized through the friendships that have been formed and the new lenses through which people are able see our community. I can’t wait to see all we can continue to achieve in the coming years!”

Jackson Young Professionals is a nonprofit organization with members between the ages of 21 and 40 who establish, promote and encourage social and career development opportunities in the Jackson community with the goal of making Jackson a great place to live, work, and play.