Invigorated by a community of peers and mentors, young, Catholic professionals are empowered to witness to their faith at work and through work, performing their professional vocations for the glory of God and seeing the workplace as a natural site for joyful evangelization.

Catholics in their 20s and 30s today represent business leaders, philanthropists, young families and so much more.

The future of our Church and its role in American society rests on whether or not this generation decides to embrace the gift of their faith, living it in all its fullness in their workplaces, homes, and social networks.

Central to YCP’s mission of engaging young Catholic leaders is the importance of connecting them with seasoned Catholic professionals who have already made the choice to live out their faith in all aspects of their life. Young Catholic Professionals offers its members an avenue to engage with prominent Catholic executives in a way that is unique among young adult ministries.

Who We Are

Young Catholic Professionals is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded in 2010, on a mission to challenge, train, and inspire young adults working in various professions to Work in Witness for Christ.

St. Joseph reminds us of the importance of stillness, reflection, and prayer.

Our mission calls upon the intercession of St. Joseph the Worker, our patron saint. Young professionals live and work in an environment of constant stimulation. St. Joseph reminds us of the importance of stillness, reflection, and prayer. To keep our mission prominent, the St. Joseph the Worker Prayer is read aloud at the conclusion of each and every event, reminding us to see all forms of work as true Christian work.

St. Joseph the Worker Prayer

Joseph, by the work of your hands and the sweat of your brow, you supported Jesus and Mary, and had the Son of God as your fellow worker.

Teach me to work as you did, with patience and perseverance, for God and for those whom God has given me to support. Teach me to see in my fellow workers the Christ who desires to be in them, that I may always be charitable and forbearing towards all.

Grant me to look upon work with the eyes of faith, so that I shall recognize in it my share in God’s own creative activity and in Christ’s work of our redemption, and so take pride in it.

When it is pleasant and productive, remind me to give thanks to God for it. And when it is burdensome, teach me to offer it to God, in reparation for my sins and the sins of the world.

This prayer was taken from the booklet “Devotions to Saint Joseph” by Brian Moore, S.J., printed and published by the Society of St. Paul.

Role of YCP National

Young Catholic Professionals operates as a franchise-like model. The National organization oversees the training, development and implementation of each local chapter throughout the country, and provides ongoing direction and support after startup. The four primary roles of the National Staff are as follows:

  1. Form & Nourish Chapters 

    The YCP National Staff offers support for local chapters by:

    • Consulting and guiding chapter formation and setup
    • Helping recruit local leadership teams
    • Acquiring bishop’s endorsement from the local diocese
    • Providing turnkey technology infrastructure
    • Promoting accountability and adherence to core values, the YCP mission, and Catholic Church teachings
    • Legitimacy from a proven model - trademarked name, slogan, and logo
    • Providing benchmarking systems and financial reporting standards
    • Providing readymade templates and marketing materials for startup
    • Personally training volunteers and offering key diocesan, community, and media contacts
  2. Keep Local Costs Low

    Local chapters receive 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status through their affiliation with the national organization. This eliminates the cost, time, and administrative burden on the chapter to prepare and submit a separate tax-exempt application. YCP National further keeps costs low by providing chapters with an abundance of training materials, templates, policies, practices, and technologies, eliminating large administrative burden from the local chapters. Because of assistance provided by national staff in these and other areas, young adults are able to operate a sophisticated nonprofit without the financial burden of locally paid staff.

  3. Promote the YCP Brand

    YCP National promotes the YCP brand throughout the U.S. via print, electronic, radio, and television marketing. Additionally, the National Staff attends conferences and seeks strategic partnerships that strengthen the YCP brand as a whole. Greater awareness and appreciation for the YCP ministry helps local chapters increase their legitimacy in the community, which then allows for better attendance, stronger financial support, and added guidance from local mentors. National staff members also foster key relationships with Catholic executives and young professionals across the country, enabling YCP National to introduce new speakers, donors, and mentors in each city.

  4. Unify the National Movement

    YCP National connects chapters with one another via technology platforms and annual conferences to share resources and best practices in marketing, fundraising, networking and more. By pooling resources and collaborating with other chapter leaders, young adults are able to be more successful in their local efforts. Finally, supporting one another in this way helps to create a sense of national identity and enthusiasm, and the national organization enables chapters to operate the way that Saint Paul describes the Body of Christ: “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Cor. 12:12).

Jennifer Baugh

Founder, Executive Director

Peter Blute

Vice President, Learning & Development

Kellie Hering

Management Associate

David Linzmeier

Mission Development Officer

Sophia Kanzelberger

Chapter Support Coordinator

Justin Kalan

Technology Coordinator

YCP Board of Directors

Dwight Riskey, Board Chairman

Partner, Strop Insights

Mark Balasa

Owner, Balasa Dinverno & Foltz

Tom Jones

Vice President & General Manager, Northrop Grumman

Peter DeTrempe

Partner; Ascend Marketing, LLC

Tim Needles

Owner & CEO, Onix

Daniel Torpey

Partner, Ernst & Young

Mike Stefanski, Vice Chairman

Senior Financial Exective (Retired), Verizon