YCP’s phenomenal programming is organized by two categories: 1) Core Programming, which is free and available to all members, and 2) Extended Programming, which is available to dues-paying members and further detailed below on this page.
Core Programming is the heart and soul of YCP; this is how our nation-wide movement began. These core programs are where members meet future employers and employees and establish solid friendships sure to last a lifetime. (Even a few marriages have emerged along the way!)
Don’t wait; your next boss, buddy or more could be at the next YCP event!
YCP's Executive Speaker Series is a monthly event hosted by each chapter, usually at a local parish hall. Program details may vary from chapter to chapter, but generally the evening begins with networking over light hors d'oeuvres and wine/beer. (Don't forget those business cards!) The local chapter president kicks off the program by introducing the keynote speaker, always an executive-level, Catholic professional. Speakers discuss their professional and faith journeys, practical ways to integrate faith into every day life, and renew the challenge to young professionals to 'Work in Witness for Christ!'
YCP Networking Happy Hours are held quarterly at some of the hottest bars and restaurants in each chapter’s respective area. The comradery is free; drinks are on the attendee! (Although we usually negotiate great specials for our groups.) These events are a fantastic opportunity for young Catholics to come together in a casual setting and build a sense of community. The energy is always upbeat, positive and most of all, supportive. This is where YCP members can connect with other like-minded, young, professional Catholics who have many similar experiences, both in the work place and personally.
YCP retreats, occurring biannually, encourage young adults to “look upon work with the eyes of faith” and see God’s presence in their vocations and professional lives. Retreats include time for guided reflection, group discussion, Confession and daily Mass. Retreats always include special time to reflect on the life of our YCP patron, Saint Joseph the Worker.
This is where young people learn how to integrate their spiritual and professional lives. This is where young, Catholic professionals strengthen their sense of community and support each other in their quest for holiness. This is where lives change!
One of the greatest benefits YCP can offer to its members is the opportunity to participate in Service Projects with other like-minded young Catholics. Our members rave about the friendships they build and the sense of accomplishment and goodness they feel after participating in a YCP Service Project. Local chapters offer various service projects ranging in participation level options. Each project encourages partnerships with local community groups and exemplifies the spirit of our youthful movement.
Beginning in each chapter's second year, extended programming is available locally to paying members. Annual dues are $150 (only $12.50 a month and have an approximate $500 value. These dues include not only extended programming, but extended benefits as well.
Through YCP’s Executive Mentor Program, young professionals are paired with top-level executives working in similar fields. Mentors offer career guidance and share “best practices” for both faith and business. YCP mentors are the best of the best and they want to help prepare young Catholics for professional success!
YCP Panel Discussions encourage focused conversation about living virtuously in the workplace. While it may sound like a tough, spiritual challenge day-in and day-out, one clergy member, two executives, and one panel moderator lead a Q&A discussion to help simplify the topic. They introduce a specific virtue and discuss ways to practice it in every day life. Table leaders help moderate a small-group discussion based on the executive presentation. A representative from each table then shares their collective insights with the broader audience. YCP members undoubtedly grow in their understanding of faith-in-action by participating in Panel Discussions.
Our spiritual direction program helps young adults see God’s hand in their lives and careers. Through this program, young professionals easily connect with priests, deacons, consecrated and other licensed spiritual directors who help guide them to grow in faith. All directors have formal training in spiritual direction and a minimum of five years of experience.
Spiritual direction consists of meeting with a trained and experienced director to reflect on how God is present in a person’s life and how He may be calling him or her into deeper relationship. God is the Director; the human director serves as the vessel through which the Spirit works to uncover and discover the Divine at work in everyday experiences.
The content of the direction session is simply the life of the directee. It’s as simple or in-depth as the directee wants to dive. Any perspectives, stories, or experiences he or she feels called to share are all viable platforms for discussion. The directee, the director and the Holy Spirit meet in holy conversation so “you may have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) And who wouldn’t want that!?
Above all, a spiritual director listens and helps the individual become aware of the spiritual relationship he or she has or wants with God. Prayer is part of the session and a director continues to hold his or her directee accountable in prayer between sessions, an area where we can all can use a bit more accountability!
YCP offers an array of additional career services to our dues-paying members. Career services include exclusive job leads via our Job Portal, exclusive networking opportunities (beyond monthly events), professional mentors, and career counseling.
Dues-paying members will receive an exclusive discount on tickets to attend YCP's Annual Gala in the fall. See pictures from previous galas here.
With strategic partners, YCP is pleased to offer pilgrimages to members nationwide at a group discount starting in 2016! These will be advertised throughout the year and available exclusively to dues-paying members. These pilgrimages help unite YCP’s national apostolate by bringing members together to tour holy sites around the world. YCP’s mission and values combined with youthful enthusiasm make this a trip of a lifetime and one members won’t want to miss!
Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming trips by visiting our Facebook page here.