Get involved: GenYP

Published on September 20th, 2013 | by Stephanie Sanyour

What they do:

Give young professionals a wide range of opportunities focusing on leadership, professional development, networking and community service.

Their mission:

To provide young professionals with unique opportunities to connect with other emerging leaders through professional development and community outreach.

About the group:

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce always had a strong tie with the Urbandale Jaycees, but the group had to disband, and asked the chamber if they could launch a young professionals group. A small development committee compromised of chamber members and Urbandale Jaycees members started GenYP in January of 2011. They took an entire year to work on programming and policies, and to continue what the Urbandale Jaycees had done for leadership development. GenYP became a subcommittee of the Urbandale Chamber of commerce, and was launched in January 2012, replacing the Urbandale Jaycees.  The group has approximately 160 members and 11 members in the leadership committee.

Activities and events:

There’s something to do about every month, with many opportunities to connect. Future events for this year include the YP Leaders Symposium with New View and YPC on September 17th, speed networking, and impromptu social events.

Ongoing is the Let’s Read Program, in which young professionals take some time out of their day to mentor, read, guide, and support first and second graders. The program is very flexible. YPs may volunteer nearly any day of the week, at any time of the day, and can commit as much or as little as their schedule allows.

The program is organized by GenYP and it’s open to non-members.

Later this month, GenYP is partnering with Rebuilding Together to help assist an Urbandale resident with her roof and other issues in her home.

Most events are free with the membership, and while most events are exclusive to genYP members, there are some events that are open to non-members.

Who can join?

Anyone between the ages of 21-40.  Urbandale residency is not a requirement.

Why join this group?

GenYP works closely with young professionals as they continue in their career path. The organization helps them develop their leadership abilities, and strengthen their connections with other YPs, elected officials, or business leaders in the community.

According to the executive director of the Urbandale Chamber, Tiffany Menke, “people do business with those they know, like, and trust. Therefore, it’s important to connect and get to know each other and build a business relationship.” GenYP is a great way to build that business relationship plus strengthen your leadership.

How to join:

The fee is $20 per member for a year for those employed by an Urbandale Chamber of Commerce member company. The cost is $40 for those who aren’t employed by a member company. Ask you boss if the company is a chamber member. If it is, you will save fifty percent on the genYP membership.

To join, print the application on the website, and mail it with a payment to:

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
2900 Justin Dr. Ste. L
Urbandale, IA 50322

Payments can also be made over the phone with a debit or credit card.
Membership to genYP is not a membership to the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce.

Perks of being a member:

  • Networking with other young professionals and community leaders
  • Giving back to the community
  • Get to know local and state officials
  • Participate or be a leader in the “Lets Read” program

For more information:



LinkedIn: Search: genYP

Phone: 515-331-6855

Matt Nuetzman
GenYP chair

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Stephanie is a contributor to Juice.

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