Members pay annual dues in the amount of $45. New members pay an additional one-time fee of $15. Dues are used to help maintain and grow the YEP organization, to support philanthropic interests and to host social events throughout the year.
Discover the many benefits to being a YEP member below. If you wish to join, please complete the simple Membership Form online and submit your dues.
YEP provides multiple opportunities for its members to make community connections and develop their networking skills.
- Networking Lunches. Our monthly luncheons are for members and non-members alike who live or work in the Williamsburg area. We welcome all young professionals to local restaurants to make connections, friends, do business in our community and expand your knowledge and experience. YEP lunches are an inexpensive and friendly way to get to know others.
- Membership Meetings. YEP hosts FREE bi-monthly meetings exclusively for its members. Meetings connect members with influential and successful speakers who can talk directly about the hottest topics that affect you, your career, and your future. YEP members are also given the opportunity to be speakers at these events and highlight their areas of expertise.
- Evening Events. YEP hosts special quarterly events at various locations throughout the community. These evening events feature a guest speaker, time to eat, drink and as always, network. Our Professional Development events have an average attendance of 30 young professionals. Past events have included a private evening at the Muscarelle Museum and an Etiquette Dinner at the Williamsburg Inn. Being a YEP member means you receive discounted, or sometimes free, admission to these special events!
- Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce. As an added benefit, all paid YEP members also enjoy a membership in the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber hosts Business After Hours (BAH) each month to network with area professionals who may not attend YEP meetings.
Join us for a happy hour, outing for a William & Mary athletic event, afternoon at the batting cages and more. Regular socials are scheduled as a way to bring Yeppies together in a less formal atmosphere.
Active members are also invited to the annual Holiday Party, a formal evening full of dancing, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and fundraising.
We annually donate to The Grove Christian Outreach center, deliver handmade Valentines to the residents of Williamsburg Landing, and collaborate with and support other charities and local organizations including Beyond Boobs!, Literacy for Life, Avalon and Child Development Resources (CDR).
We welcome any and all young professionals who are age 21 to 39 and are currently employed or actively pursuing a degree in the Hampton Roads area to be Active Members.
Active Members shall be entitled to all membership privileges including, without limitation, participation in all meetings and events, holding office, and voting.
If you are interested in joining, please complete our Membership Form online.
Associate Members shall be individuals who wish to associate with YEP but do not meet in full the eligibility requirements to be an Active Member. They shall be able to participate in all YEP meetings and events, but shall not be entitled to hold office or vote.
Short-Term Members shall be individuals who meet all eligibility requirements to be an Active Member, but who will be residing in the area for not more than six (6) months within a given year. They shall be able to participate in all YEP meetings and events, but shall not be entitled to hold office or vote.
Honorary Members are individuals who have been adjudged by the Executive Committee to have rendered meritorious service to YEP and/or the community. They need not meet any eligibility requirements, but shall be voted into Honorary Membership by a majority of the Executive Committee or the membership at large.
Honorary Members shall be able to participate in all YEP meetings and events, but shall not be entitled to hold office or vote. Honorary Members shall be exempt from any membership investment and their Honorary Membership shall not expire.