About Us

Our Purpose

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 Patron

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.

Our Story

2010
The Call

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.

2010 - 2013
Humble Beginnings
  • Jennifer hosts "focus groups" to gauge interest in YCP and develops a business plan.
  • First event hosted in August 2010 with 100+ in attendance
  • Establishes a central office in Dallas, TX in order to expand to new cities while unifying its efforts. 501(c)(3) status confirmed
  • First chapters open outside of Dallas in Fort Worth (TX) and San Antonio (TX)
2014 - 2015
Gaining Traction
  • Launches 5 more chapters between Texas, Colorado, & California - 7 chapters strong!
  • Hires it's 2nd & 3rd full time staff members
  • 1st truly "national" gala
  • Hosts its first Leadership Conference inviting chapter volunteers from across the country.
  • YCP featured on EWTN's "Life on the Rock"
2016 - 2017
Growth
  • Now 16 chapters nationwide with local volunteer efforts of 120+
  • YCP is a guest on Relevant Radio, Catholic Answers, Catholics@Work and others
  • Hosts first annual National Member Conference in Dallas, TX for 300 young professionals
  • Members in 30+ US cities and interest from 50+ cities to launch a chapter (including international interest)
2018 - 2019
Coast-to-Coast
  • Los Angeles launches as YCP's 20th chapter
  • 300+ young people now commit more than 20,000 hours annually through volunteer service with YCP
  • 26+ bishops have invited YCP into their diocese - demand continues to grow!
  • 25,000+ young Catholics follow YCP
  • Hosts 2nd National Member Conference in Cleveland, OH. 400 young professionals consecrate YCP to the Virgin Mary.
2020 & Beyond
The 2nd Decade Begins
  • Beginning development of a Capstone program
  • Hosting 4th annual YCP Conference, Work of Our Hands, focused on St. Joseph!
  • Launching new small-group program for members, YCP Forums
  • Expansion plans to St. Louis, Atlanta, and beyond!

Our Role

YCP’s Staff and Board of Directors (YCP Office) oversees the training, development and implementation of each local chapter throughout the country, and provides ongoing direction, support, and stability on an ongoing basis. In this way YCP operates similar to a franchise.
 

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

To keep our mission and our patron prominent, this St. Joseph the Worker prayer is read aloud at the conclusion of every YCP event, reminding us to see all forms of work through “the eyes of faith.”

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.