Emerging Young Professionals (EYP)
In 2010, to recognize young business leaders in our community, the Chamber introduced Emerging Young Professionals (EYP). Two members, Kristen Stanley, a local attorney, and Linda Larkin, Marketing Director for Patriot Title, took the initiative and have exceeded the expectations of the chamber board. This dynamic group of individuals meet at least once a month, with luncheons and after hours networking schedules.
In their first year, they were instrumental in providing over 200 dresses for the "Prom n Aid" Campaign, which were distributed to high school kids who could not afford dresses for their Senior Prom.
Each summer they head up a school supply drive which supplies thousands of dollars worth of paper, pens, pencils, folders, jump drives, etc to local children who are less fortunate to have new school supplies. The school supply project is an annual event.
The EYPs are also passionate about Relay For Life, an annual event that raises money for the American Cancer Society. They held many fundraisers in 2012 to help raise awareness for this incredible cause. At each meeting, you will find the bucket that is used to collect "Coins to Cure Cancer" on behalf of their yearly Relay for Life Team. The passion for participating in this event is evident by this active group of volunteers.
Working with the local group, Slidell Ladies for Liberty, the EYPs collect twice a year to assist in providing Care Packages for the local deployed military from our area.
Bringing together the talents and insights of Emerging Young Professionals, ages 21-40, in the East St. Tammany region is what EYP is all about. EYP is simply a network of young professionals: a dynamic and diverse group of peers with a passion for making a difference, a willingness to learn, the desire to build important relationships, and the energy to get involved in the community.
If you are interested in becoming an Emerging Young Professional, please contact the Chamber at 985-643-5678 or email Kristi Boudreau.