Explores and addresses issues affecting young professionals including, but not limited to: Legal and Justice Affairs, LGBT Affairs, Medical Affairs, Racial Affairs, Women’s Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs. Commission members will establish contacts with organizations serving the afore mentioned communities, as well as raise awareness about pressing issues and advocate on behalf of young adults in these communities.
Cleveland YPS Commissions raise issues on behalf of Cleveland’s young professional community and report findings related to their respective commission at our biweekly meetings and through our social media channels.
CIVIC AFFAIRS COMMISSION
Addresses issues affecting young professionals including, but not limited to: Arts and Living, and Social Affairs. Commission members will establish contacts with entities that promote arts and cultural engagement, as well as those organizations that seek to raise and improve social involvement among young professionals.
CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Addresses issues affecting young professionals including, but not limited to: Business Growth, Entrepreneurship, Manufacturing, Philanthropy, and Retail. Commission members will communicate with economic development organizations about plans and advocate on behalf young adults regarding these projects.
GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION
Addresses issues affecting young professionals including, but not limited to: City Affairs, County Affairs, State Affairs, and Federal Affairs. Commission members establish contacts with government officials and relay information about government affairs affecting local young professionals.
URBAN DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Addresses issues affecting young professionals including, but not limited to: Environment/Sustainability, Transportation, and Urban Design. Commission members will communicate with these urban development entities about plans and advocate on behalf young adults regarding these projects.
Each year Cleveland YPS aims to engage Cleveland’s larger young professional community through our annual events. See our Events Calendar for upcoming Cleveland YPS events.
Our annual Young Professional Civic Leadership and Empowerment (YPCLE) conference is designed to generate innovative ideas and foster collaboration between civic organizations and the young professional community of Greater Cleveland, in an effort to enhance our regional momentum.
Red, White, & YOU
Our annual Red, White, and YOU Wine Tasting and Fundraiser features food and drink, live music, and networking. Proceeds from the evening benefit Cleveland YPS’s efforts to connect young professionals to their community in order to make Greater Cleveland an even better place for young people to call home!
Each year, Cleveland YPS hosts an event during election season to educate young professionals about
ballot issues and candidate platforms.
2012: Cleveland YPS hosted a Presidential Debate Watch Party at the Club at Key. Over 300 young professionals attended the event to watch the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The event additionally attracted the support and attendance of local public officials, 6 additional young professional organization, and members of the local, national, and international media.
2013: Cleveland YPS hosted Conversations with the Candidates at the Club at Key. Over 125 young professionals attended the event to meet with Cleveland City Council candidates and to watch a forum with City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and candidate Ken Lanci.
2014: Cleveland YPS hosted a National Voter Registration Day Concert at House of Blues. Over 125 young professionals and community members attended the event where they registered or pledged to vote in the 2014 Midterm Elections. Our event was featured on Cellar Door Records, WEWS News Channel 5, and Nonprofit Vote.
2015: Cleveland YPS partnered with The Cleveland Foundation and The City Club of Cleveland to host a series of watch parties for the Republican and Democratic Debates. YPS member Jakiel Sanders and YPS alumna Erika Anthony both appeared on panels prior to the debates to provide their expectations of the debates and candidates.
2016: Cleveland YPS continued our partnership with The Cleveland Foundation and The City Club of Cleveland, co-hosting the Presidential Debate Watch Party between President-Elect Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The event, located at the historic Calfee building, brought over 400 attendees out for a pre-debate panel featuring YPS member Jakiel Sanders, Daniel C. Coffey, Ph.D. of the University of Akron's Bliss Institute and Elizabeth McIntyre of Crain's Cleveland Business.
Annual General Election Event