Young professionals take an active role in community

Published on November 08, 2013 with No Comments

Most adults worry about the ‘younger’ generation and how they will do.

In Santa Rosa County, the Santa Rosa Young Professionals are answering that question loud and clear as people realize the area is in good hands.

Santa Rosa Young Professionals (SRYP) was initiated in January 2009 as a group designed to engage up and coming leaders in the area by providing them opportunities for professional development, service to the community and social/networking activities.

They have definitely done that as they host socials at places like Ruby Tuesday’s, the Blackwater Bistro,

and Ollie’s along with membership meetings with guest speakers like UWF President Dr. Judy Bense.

Membership is open to any young professional 21 years of age and older who works, lives or does business in Santa Rosa County.

Since their first organizational meeting, the SRYP has continued to meet their mission of “promoting

professional development through networking and social interaction, while emphasizing community involvement to make a positive impact on Santa Rosa County.”

If you wonder more about the group’s impact over the last five years they can claim among its ranks the

last five Santa Rosa Chamber Emerging Leaders of the Year, a couple Navarre Chamber Emerging Leaders of the Year, a former Pace Chamber President and numerous Independent News Rising Stars.

Besides interacting and networking among themselves, the SRYP complies a voter’s guide, which will be released again in 2014, as well as community political forums and an elected official meet and greet with the public.

According to SRYP President Ashley Lay, as our membership has grown larger, our friendships continue to

develop and our love for our community has grown much truer by being a part of this organization.

The next lunch bunch meeting of the SRYP will be Nov. 14 at Ruby Tuesday’s in Pace from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

According to Lay, we invite you to check us out at any of our meetings and decide if you would like to join SRYP as we encourage each other while making a positive impact in our community.

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