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Young Professionals

The Young Professionals of Lenoir County is an extension of the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce.
YPLC is for individuals between the ages of 21-39.

Vision

To be the leading organization for attracting and retaining young professionals in Lenoir County.

Mission

To connect young professionals, enrich their lives through leadership development and empower them to be leaders of tomorrow.

The Young Professionals of Lenoir County (YPLC) was created for individuals 21-39 of age to assist in growing business and community engagement.  This group provides leadership and serves as an organization that attracts young professionals to Kinston and Lenoir County and develops leaders among its ranks for our Chamber and our Community. This group provides opportunities for professional development, community outreach, social networking, mentoring, and personal growth for its members. This group strives to create a diverse group of individuals with the common purpose of improving the workplace and the community while enhancing the skills and engagement of its members.

We would like to extend an invitation to attend the Young Professionals of Lenoir County’s various activities.  You can attend a social mixer, a community outreach event, a Friday lunch, and many more activities at your leisure.

Throughout the year YPLC will post several events on our Facebook page, Young Professionals of Lenoir County, with #YPLC to offer a number of social and family activities, projects, and programs for the young adults who are living and working in the county.

Take advantage of the outstanding opportunity to build relationships with area businesses and community leaders.  For more information or to join the Young Professionals of Lenoir County, please call the Chamber at 252-527-1131.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Benefits of Membership: Young Professionals

Joining YPLC is a quick and easy process.  You can join here or by calling the Chamber at 527-1131.  Benefits go well beyond what is identified here. If you are unsure, give us a call and we will arrange for you to try an event free of charge. Some exclusions may apply.

Why You Should Join

  • Meet other young professionals
  • Build relationships with business and community leaders
  • Discover rich cultural opportunities
  • Explore volunteer opportunities
  • Attend personal and professional development programs
  • Represent young professional’s viewpoint to the community
  • Help keep creative jobs and people in Lenoir County
  • Foster career development opportunities
  • Increase engagement in Chamber Leadership

Membership Benefits

  • Discounted or free admission to identified events
  • Special invitations to member-only events
  • Opportunity to volunteer on a sub-committee
  • Inclusion in YPLC membership directory
  • Member-only access to resources on our Web page
  • Coupon booklet with places of interest to young professionals
  • Engagement with the “creative sector” that fuels innovation
  • Participation in brain gain through community connectedness
  • Involvement in the cultivation of a new generation understanding
  • Ability to access to an actively growing membership

Area of Focus

  • Identify and recruit professionals from 21-39
  • Showcase Lenoir County as a vibrant, attractive place to live, work and play
  • Promote the excellent quality in Lenoir County
  • Attract and retain young professionals in Lenoir County
  • Provide venues for new and existing young professionals to connect
  • Build Relationships, share ideas, and increase involvement in our community
  • Educate young professionals on issues facing our community
  • Empower young professionals with a voice in business, community, and government
  • Engage a generation of our future leaders
  • Form partnerships with community leaders and our educational systems
  • Create opportunities for young professionals to succeed and grow roots in our community
  • Develop Leadership Lenoir into a developmental program for young business leaders

The committees with the Young Professionals of Lenoir County program help us achieve our mission, with the Advisory Committee serving as the leaders of our organization.  We invite those interested in joining our group to contact any members of this board for information or fill out the application.  Get involved in an organization focused on the future.

Responsibilities include the oversight of all subcommittees, develop and oversee the budget in collaboration with the chamber staff, participate in short and long-range planning, actively recruit YPLC members and sponsors and act as spokespersons to the public, business community for the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals.  Committee participants must be Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce members in good standing and active participant in the YPLC.

The Program and Event Planning Committee shall develop, plan, and oversee YPLC programs and events.  Program and events may range from activities promoting the YPLC five core interests to more frequent social gatherings. A blend of professional development and social networking gatherings should be planned to accommodate the broad interests of the general membership and support the YPLC’s overall mission. NON-subcommittee members may be appointed to a task group to help plan a program or event.

The Marketing and Public Relations Subcommittee shall develop and execute a strategic marketing plan for YPLC.  Committee members will assist with maintaining a clear brand identity, website content, and program/event marketing in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce.  This committee will continue to develop the lines of communication between the YPLC program and its members.

The Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee shall assist with the primary development of strategies to attract and retain YPLC members and corporate sponsors.  Committee members will define and implement membership benefits, recruit individuals and companies for organizational support and growth, and execute programs to maximize corporate involvement.

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