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Young Professionals

Many times, chamber events center on specific constituencies. In hundreds of communities, chambers have established complete calendars of events and programs to serve large cadres of young professionals. YP entities and their events are often semi-autonomous from the chamberís regular calendar of programs. Events for young professionals can range from leadership series, happy hours, health and fitness groups and much more. Get an idea of the events you can offer from the samples below.

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Chambers and Internship Programs

  • See all Internships samples from ACCE's Samples Library
  • Greater Grads / Education & Workforce Development - Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's program helps keep local grads in the local workforce through job fairs, intern programs, and employee/employer resources.
  • Greater Providence Chamber (R.I.) collaborates with the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority and several other partners to expand the number of internships available to students through bRIgde, a program that works to bridge jobs and talent for employers and offers an online internship website. The program is also outlined in Rhode Islandís 2014 Legislative Action Plan Rhode to Work.
  • Internships.com at Raleigh - The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (N.C.) has partnered with Internships.com to provide employers and students with a place to connect. Employers can post internships, access a student resume database, and receive expert insight--for free. Students and recent graduates can search the company database for internship opportunities at no charge.
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce trains and certifies young adults to become work-ready through its LA Youth at Work program, which includes a multi-step process that seeks to jumpstart the future careers for L.A. area youth. The program serves several thousand youth each year through its Job Skills Workshops. The chamber then connects students who have successfully completed a workshop and mock interview process to internship and job opportunities in the region.
  • Internships Nashville - The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's (Tenn.) internship programs typically involve multiple participants. These include the student population, the employers and the educational organization. For each participant, there are considerations as to what an effective program entails.
  • Event + Program Intern Position Description - Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce's Intern job description. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This position works with the Events and Program Department team.
  • INTERN South Bend Region - South Bend Regional Chamberís INTERN South Bend Region program increases the quantity and quality of experiential learning in the South Bend Region.
  • Tulsa Regional Chamber (Okla.) launched Tulsaís Young Professionals, an organization that works to attract and retain young talent in Tulsa, and Intern In Tulsa, an online portal to engage students and employers in internship opportunities.

Special Programming and Events

  • Corporate Toboggan Speed Challenge - This popular annual event, hosted by the Young Professionals Network of Steuben County, raises funds for leadership development programming. The event celebrates a quarter-mile Toboggan track with team downhill racing, a buffet dinner, and an awards presentation.
  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is an a 30-week afterschool program aimed at educating and instructing students from middle school and high school about the art of entrepreneurship. These students come up with and design their own business plans and pitch them to a panel of local investors in order to gain funding for their own small businesses.
    • The Grapevine Chamber of Commerce (Texas) partnered with the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District to create the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. This video is a reflection on the first year of the YEA program.
    • The Visalia Chamber of Commerce (Calif.) and Tulare Chamber Commerce (Calif.) jointly sponsor a YEA! program in their community; several members of the Visalia Chamber's Young Professionals group serve as mentors.

Convention & Seminar Resources

  • Attracting and Keeping Millenial Talent: 2016 ACCE Convention eCourse. Millennials are now the largest (and most diverse) group in the workforce. They are also highly mobile. Learn how communities are leveraging their quality of life assets to attract and retain millennial talent. Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes. Cost: $15 for 1 year of unlimited access for all your chamber staff.
  • Attracting and Keeping Millenial Talent - Presentation by Matthew Tarleton, Vice President, Market Street Services; Kate Atwood, Vice President, Marketing, Metro Atlanta Chamber (Ga.); Shannon Full, President and CEO, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce (Wis.); Shannon Hoeg, President, JSS Communications. From the 2016 ACCE Annual Convention.
  • Developing Young Professionals in Your Chamber - Presentation handout from Gina Spagnola of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce (Texas), from the 2015 Chamber Events Training Conference.
  • Leadership Programs that Attract YPs - Presentation handout from Richard Winstch, Director, Leadership & Community Development at ChamberRVA (Va.), from the 2015 ACCE Annual Convention.

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