The Hopkins County Young Professionals, which we like to refer to as HCYP, was started in December of 2016 after several area young professionals recognized a need. Many of our surrounding areas have young professional organizations that help their members become more involved in their communities, and we wanted that, too! In 2018, HCYP became an approved 501c3, nonprofit organization.
HCYP is always accepting new members! Our age range is 21-45 years old and you can join by contacting us at 270-824-2100 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to give it a try first? Drop in at one of our lunch meetings at noon on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Madisonville City Hall in the council chambers!
Like most Millennials, we are very active on social media. Like us on Facebook to learn more about who we are as an organization, some of the events that we put on, some of the various volunteer projects our members are involved in and about upcoming events where you can join in on all the fun!
HCYP works towards developing its members professionally through an annual professional development seminar held in the fall. Our first seminar, Learning to Lead, was led by leadership expert Phil Van Hooser in Nov of 2017 and there were over 200 area professionals in attendance. Our second seminar, The Chick-Fil-A Experience: A Lesson in Customer Service, was led by Hopkinsville Chick-Fil-A owner Lauire Harris. Within one year, we grew in attendance, expanded to a larger venue and had the coveted Chick-Fil-A cow for one-of-a-kind photo-ops. The events were open to all ages and professional backgrounds, with tickets discounted for HCYP members.
HCYP educates its members on important issues facing our community in a variety of ways, including: inviting community speakers to our monthly meetings, organizing special events like hosting Congressman James Comer and organizing political debates for a public forum, and informing members of community events and news through our various modes of communication.
HCYP hosts monthly mixers at local businesses to give members the opportunity to get to know each other in a very low pressure environment. Not only does this give our members the chance to meet new people, it also highlights our local businesses that members may not have visited otherwise!
HCYP works to provide multiple opportunities through various local organizations and businesses to have members volunteer and give back within the community that has helped to shape them in someway. Whether it means pulling your hair back to serve up some lunch at Breaking Bread, putting on your bowling shoes to raise funds at Bowl for Kids Sake or donating formal wear to help with the annual A Chance to Dance Effort, there are always ways to help others and HCYP prides itself on being a group that does just that.
HCYP’s philanthropic focus is Junior Achievement of Hopkins County. Junior Achievement is a volunteer-delivered program that teaches school-aged children work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. HCYP likes to think of JA students as “future young professionals,” and thought that the connection between HCYP and JA was undeniable. HCYP raises funding to support this program and volunteers to teach sessions at schools throughout Hopkins County.