Faced with an 8-month waiting period before beginning a new position with a financial consulting firm, Jennifer Baugh experienced a season of soul-searching marked by both stillness and a longing for something more. She desired guidance on balancing work and faith, and deeper friendships in a world often characterized by surface-level interactions, distractions, and busyness. Through this journey of faith Jennifer sensed a growing conviction that God was calling her to start something new.
In a world that can be void of meaning and leave them restless and dissatisfied, YCP brings together young professionals in their 20s and 30s into a community of belonging, support, and encouragement at all stages of the faith journey. YCP empowers and equips them to live their Catholic faith through everyday work, and to perform all work with excellence for the glory of God.
Our mission calls upon the intercession of St. Joseph the Worker, a simple carpenter who reminds us of the importance of stillness, reflection, and prayer. Join us by phone for a few minutes of prayer to our intercessor every Wednesday at 12pm U.S. Central Time.
The two things I like best about YCP is how it integrates faith with professionalism (hadn't seen that done well before) and how ridiculously well organized it is - especially on a national level. That takes real vision AND administration!
The YCP National Office
Supporting Communities Coast To Coast
Form and Nourish Chapters
Experienced Staff utilize the nearly 10 years of YCP growth to support local chapters. Examples include:
- Guiding diocesan relationships, new chapter formation process, and best-practices for volunteer, speaker, and mentor recruiting and training.
- Providing legitimacy from a proven brand (trademarked name, slogan, and logo), turnkey technology infrastructure, chapter operation protocols, marketing templates, and much more.
- Promoting accountability and adherence to core values, the YCP mission, and Catholic Church teaching
Keep Local Costs Low
Local chapters receive 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status through their affiliation with the national organization, as well as an abundance of training materials, templates, policies, practices, and cloud-based software to eliminate administrative burden and decrease costs.
Promote the YCP Brand
The Staff promotes the YCP brand throughout the US via print, online, radio, television and through conferences and strategic partnerships. Great awareness and appreciation for the YCP ministry helps local chapters increase their legitimacy in the community, grow attendance, and reach new speakers, donors and mentors.
Unify the Movement
The Staff connects chapters with one another via technology platforms and annual conferences to share resources and best practices in marketing, fundraising, networking and more. This 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 for one body, so it is with Christ" (1 Cor. 12:12)
St. Joseph, Our Patron
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.