Augusta is at a pivotal point in its modern history, with new market developments being announced daily and new ground being broken at sites each month. Whether in health care, banking, manufacturing, retail, or the nonprofit sector, Augusta is certainly on the upswing. It is crucial that as young professionals we band together to support the developments taking place in our city, and more importantly, to effect change in areas where Augusta is lagging behind its neighbors in Georgia and South Carolina.
With this backdrop in mind, Young Professionals of Augusta was formed in the fall of 2007 by a group of like-minded peers seeking to bring a unified voice to young working professionals in the CSRA. The efforts of these founders have coalesced into an energetic civic organization that seeks to change the face of Augusta through ideas and action. YPA is dedicated to providing its members with the opportunity to become active in the community through social networking, philanthropic outreach, professional development, and cultural awareness. Through these activities, Young Professionals of Augusta strives to create better leaders to create a better Augusta. YPA creates a solid platform for members to effect change not only in the community, but also in their business and personal lives.
Through YPA monthly meetings and extracurricular functions, you are given a captive audience: a means to promote yourself to your peers and increase awareness of your professional activities, thereby cultivating your profitability. The social events sponsored by YPA offer an opportunity to kick back after work and enjoy outings in the city with a fresh set of faces you might have otherwise never encountered.
All in all, we want to remove our members from their routines and provide a kaleidoscopic view of Augusta. Whether you’re new to Augusta or have lived here your entire life, there are always new experiences to be had and new relationships to be forged. YPA is a nonprofit organization that is open to all young professionals ages 21 to 40 who live, work or have an interest in the Augusta Area.
Jonathan English 2007 – 2009
Sean Frantom 2010 – 2011; 2013 – 2014
Brooke Pribble 2012
Jason W. Blanchard 2015 – 2016
Bryn Towner 2017 –
|Ed Presnell Award|
|2013||Beth Bargeron James|
|2015||Jason W. Blanchard|
*Ed Presnell was a driving force behind the formation of YPA in 2007 and continues to show generous support to the organization. In honor of Ed, this award is given annually to an individual who has left their legacy on the organization. The Ed Presnell Award is the highest honor that a YPA member or benefactor can receive.
|Board Member of the Year Award|
|2014||Jason W. Blanchard|
|YPA Member of the Year Award|
PAST BOARD MEMBERS