our story

our purpose

We offer a generation of restless young workers in their 20s and 30s a way to go deeper in faith, life, and work. Together, we seek authentic friendships, a richer sense of purpose, and both personal and professional excellence. Above all, we’re here to help inspire modern-day saints!

how we started

Our Founder, Jennifer Baugh, experienced a season of soul-searching and longing for something more. She wanted to learn how to balance work and faith, and felt called to create something new and practical. After discussing her ideas with focus groups, Jennifer developed a business plan and hosted the first YCP event in 2010. From there, we grew by word of mouth, and soon became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In 2014 YCP hired its second full-time employee, Peter Blute. Jennifer and Peter worked together for nearly a decade, growing and shaping the organization, before Peter stepped in as Executive Director.

Building the kingdom

Today, our headquarters in Dallas supports chapters around the country. We put on amazing local and national events. We get regular coverage from Catholic media, and we’re collaborating with dioceses and volunteers from coast to coast, reaching thousands with the message of Working in Witness for Christ.

We’re proud to be the nation’s largest young professional Catholic network, offering a community of belonging, support, and encouragement that helps young workers live and share their Catholic faith through their everyday work. But don’t just take our word for it. Experience the power of God’s invitation to work with like-minded peers in witness for Christ!

Our Patron

saint Joseph

In Matthew 13:55, the people of Nazareth ask about Jesus, “Is he not the carpenter’s son?” Jesus’ neighbors knew him in relation to St. Joseph, a “righteous man” (Matthew 1:19) and skilled worker. The Church recognizes this special relationship by celebrating the annual feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1.

At Young Catholic Professionals, our mission calls upon the intercession of St. Joseph the Worker, the simple, righteous carpenter who lovingly taught Jesus his own trade and shows us the dignity of work through his quiet example. St. Joseph, who never speaks in Scripture but who nonetheless receives and acts on visions given to him by an angel, also reminds us of the importance of stillness, reflection, and prayer.

Every week, we gather to ask for his intercession as we build not just our careers but our lives after his example. Join us by phone for a few minutes of prayer to St. Joseph every Wednesday at 12pm U.S. Central Time.

join us

Our biggest joy is to tell you the truth that you’re not alone and that you don’t have to drift with the world. You can seek personal and professional growth while fostering your Catholic identity, building meaningful connections, and acting on your convictions. It’s time to take the plunge and start your journey!

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