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Young Professionals Making York Thrive

Writer michael vyskocil
Photographer Eric Forberger

Are you new to the area and want to meet new people? Do you want to to get more involved in the community? York Young Professionals (YYP) has a place for you.

Founded in 1999, YYP creates connections among young professionals, residents and business leaders. Even though the word young is part of its name, YYP has no member age restrictions.

“YYP gives you a chance to be part of a group of professionals who will be the ones making things happen in York,” says YYP President Jody Chesla.

Through YYP, you can attend monthly socials and meetups, or take part in outreach projects and professional development networking opportunities. You decide how involved you want to become. We polled a few members about what they appreciate about York and YYP.

Gretchen Kowalik
Senior Laboratory Technician, MRG Laboratories
Originally from Red Lion, Pennsylvania

Q: What’s been your favorite activity to participate in with the YYP?

A: My favorite activity to participate in is now my favorite activity to plan. Each year, YYP holds our Annual Foot Rally, which takes participants on a scavenger hunt through downtown York. Participants are given clues to solve that take them to different locations where they have to complete a task to get the next clue.

Michael Reichman
General Manager and COO, York Symphony Orchestra
Originally from Shawnee Mission, Kansas


Elizabeth Erenberg
Recording Artist and Teacher
Originally from Los Angeles, California

Q: What’s one place to go or one activity to do in York that any young professional living here should not miss?

A: [Michael] First Friday is a perfect way to introduce any new young professional to York’s growing urban and cultural potential.

[Elizabeth] The Holy Hound is a very hip, young place to be, with fantastic beer, food and fun events like the York Story Slam, Trivia Night and open mics.

Natalee Colon
Human Resources Manager, The York Water Company
Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Q: What is it about York that makes it attractive from a young professional’s perspective?

A: It is a place where you feel that you can make a difference and contribute to the “greater good.” It is a collaborative and supportive community where individuals and organizations try to work together to achieve greater success.

Matt Walsh
Network Engineer, York College of Pennsylvania
Originally from Long Island, New York

Q: How did you first hear about York, Pennsylvania?

A: I’m originally from Long Island, New York, and didn’t know anything about York until I came to visit York College in the summer of 2003. I always saw myself going to college in a big city like New York, Boston or Philadelphia, but when I visited the YCP campus, I knew that was the right choice for me.

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  • 144 Roosevelt Ave. Ste 100 York, PA 17401
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