Volunteering, leadership development and networking opportunities are available in abundance for the Tristate's young professionals. There are a number of happy hours and purely social events as well. Local organizations offer opportunities for all those and, just maybe, can give new residents and natives all the more reason to love this region. We wish we had more room because this is just some of the hottest and hippest organizations available to young professionals who want to get involved.
 

 
ACCESS

TYPE: Socializing, Networking, Civic Engagement
DESCRIPTION: An initiative of The Mayerson Foundation geared toward Jewish young professionals.
WHY JOIN?: Parties, gatherings and community engagement. Most events are deeply subsidized or free.
MEMBERSHIP: Between the ages of 21 to 35. Attracts between 30 to 400 people at events.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
"” HeBREW Happy Hour
6 p.m., June 23
Cock & Bull English Pub, Hyde Park
Free appetizers, cash bar.
 
"” Summer Cycle Sunday
June 26
Loveland Bike Trail
Lunch at the Schoolhouse Restaurant,
"” The Bootlegger's Ball
July 9
Green Acres Estate, Indian Hill
Free with reservations.
 
CONTACTS:
www.jypaccess.org
www.facebook.com/jypaccess
(513) 373-0300
info@jypaccess.org
 

 
BACCHANALIAN SOCIETY
TYPE: Socializing, Networking, Philanthropy
DESCRIPTION: Making philanthropy fun by helping charities organize wine tastings four times a year.
WHY JOIN?: Events attract a diverse mix of young professionals. Anyone over 21 welcome.
UPCOMING EVENTS: The next wine tasting will be in the late summer/early fall. Events typically cost $20.

CONTACTS:
www.bacchanaliansociety.com
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=9797837187
www.twitter.com/cincybacchus
cincibacchanaliansociety@gmail.com
 

CINCINNATI EATS
TYPE: Socializing, Networking
DESCRIPTION: Combining two favorite pastimes "” eating and being merry "” and offering young professionals a chance to explore local independent restaurants and meet people.
WHY JOIN?: Restaurants benefit from new clientele and a portion of the fee for each event goes to a local charity.

CONTACTS:
www.cincinnati.com/cincinnatieats
www.facebook.com/pages/Cincinnati-EATS/108567445868954
cincinnatieats@gmail.com
 

 
CINCINNATI IMPORTS
TYPE: Socializing
DESCRIPTION: Founded on the premise that "breaking int' Cincinnati's insular social circles is difficult, and geared toward welcoming and connecting new residents. Though a self-proclaimed "non-YP" organization, the group is a great for meeting eclectic and creative people.
WHY JOIN?: A low-key, easy way to meet people, at events that don't bust your budget.
MEMBERSHIP: Free and open to all ages of people in a variety of professions and creative pursuits, such as artists, students and unemployed newcomers.

CONTACTS:
www.cincinnatiimports.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/cincinnatiimports
www.twitter.com/cinciimports
cincinnatiimports@gmail.com
 

 
CincyPAC
TYPE: Political, Civic Engagement
DESCRIPTION: Geared toward educating city officials and candidates and holding them accountable to moving Cincinnati forward, ensuring that the city appeals to YPs.
WHY JOIN?: The group focuses on
amplifying young professionals' voices and educating young people about the importance of political participation. CincyPAC allows long-term residents or newcomers to be involved in a meaningful way and get to know the city better.
MEMBERSHIP: Non-partisan and includes people of diverse professions, backgrounds and political viewpoints. Board members must submit an application, and meet specific fundraising and time commitments.

CONTACTS:

www.cincypac.com
www.facebook.com/CincyJCC#!/CincyPAC
www.twitter.com/CincyPAC
cincypac@gmail.com


 
CINCINNATI SPORTS LEAGUES
TYPE: Socializing, Recreation, Networking
DESCRIPTION: Develops and coordinates co-ed athletic leagues, as well as wine tastings, happy hour meetings and other events.
WHY JOIN?: Socialize and stay in shape.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
"” Summer Leagues
Kickball, football, cornhole, volleyball and softball leagues continue through summer. Details on website.
Leagues cost between $70 and $560 per team, or $40 and $70 per individual.
"”3-2-1 Friday at AliveOne, for happy hour.
6-9 p.m., July 8
Mount Adams at AliveOne
Free and open to everyone, RSVP online.

CONTACTS:

www.gocsl.com
www.facebook.com/people/Cincinnati-SportsLeagues/712447970
www.twitter.com/cincinnatisport
(513) 533-9386
info@gocsl.com
 


CROSSROADS COMMUNITY CHURCH
TYPE:
Interdenominational Church
DESCRIPTION: Extensive community outreach, projects, small groups. Locations in Oakley and Mason. Created in 1995 by a group of 11 Cincinnatians to create an environment to explore questions about God.
WHY JOIN?: Many events weekly.

CONTACTS:

www.crossroads.net
www.facebook.com/crossroads-church
(513) 731-7400
 
 
FRIENDS FOR THE ARTS
TYPE: Arts, Socializing, Civic Engagement, Volunteering
DESCRIPTION: An initiative of ArtsWave, providing avenues to socialize and network, connect to volunteer opportunities, and appreciate the diverse and vibrant art community.
WHY JOIN?: ArtsWave's Friends for the Arts group connects with people who enjoy music, dance, theater, museums and art.
MEMBERSHIP: More than 1,600 members.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
"” Ta Da Community Arts Events, such as Splash Dance, Paint the Street and Surprise Holiday
Singing. Details on the website and Facebook.

CONTACTS:

www.theartswave.org/arts/young-professional-opportunities
www.facebook.com/ArtsWave
www.twitter.com/ArtsWave
(513) 871-2787
ashley.guethlein@TheArtsWave.org


 
HYPE: HARNESSING YOUNG PROFESSIONAL ENERGY
TYPE: Networking, Organizing, Professional Development
DESCRIPTION: Sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to make Cincinnati a top destination for young professionals.
WHY JOIN?:
The HYPE Ambassadors Program provides leadership and networking experience. Ambassadors link members to the arts, culture and business opportunities.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
"” Cincy Chat: Education & YP Talent
University of Cincinnati President Dr. Gregory Williams, Xavier President Fr. Michael Graham, S.J. and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President Dr. O'dell Owens lead the discussion about attracting and retaining talented graduates.
11:30 a.m-1 p.m., July 28
Xavier University Cintas Center
$25 for members; $40 for nonmembers (includes lunch)

CONTACTS:
www.local.cincinnati.com/hype
www.facebook.com/HYPECincinnati
www.twitter.com/HYPECincinnati
(513) 579-3100
hype@cincinnatichamber.com
 

 
JUNIOR LEAGUE
TYPE: Volunteering, Networking, Professional Development
DESCRIPTION: An organization of women committed to training volunteers who can take action and leadership roles in the community.
WHY JOIN?: Training and collaboration include opportunities to network with professional women and community leaders.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
"” JLC June Social Happy Hour
6 p.m., June 9
Cock & Bull English Pub, 2653 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
"” Night at the Opera, Rigoletto
6:45 p.m. Champagne Reception at the Critics Club, 7:30 p.m. Performance, June 18
Cincinnati Opera, Music Hall

CONTACTS:
www.jlcincinnati.org
www.facebook.com/pages/Junior-League-of-Cincinnati/104442572934645
www.twitter.com/JuniorLeague
(513) 871-9339
jlcoffice@fuse.net
 
 
LEGACY
TYPE: Networking, Civic Engagement, Professional Development
DESCRIPTION: Offers a wide range of opportunities to connect with other young professionals and engage in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky community.
WHY JOIN?: Develop skills and connections by working on special projects, and participate in networking, social and community-building events.
MEMBERS: Between the ages of 21 and 40.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
"” Next Generation Leader Awards Reception
6:30-10 p.m., August 4 (6:30 Networking;
7 p.m. Award Ceremony)
The Madison Event Center, Covington, Ky.

CONTACTS:
www.legacyleadership.org
www.facebook.com/LegacyLeadership
Legacy@nkychamber.com
 
 
MAYOR MALLORY'S YP KITCHEN CABINET
TYPE: Civic Engagement, Political
DESCRIPTION: A place for young professionals to interact closely with government officials on issues they feel are important, created in 2006 by Mayor Mark Mallory to enhance, develop and sustain the interest and efforts of YPs in the community's government.
WHY JOIN?: Provides access, connections, publicity and expertise to realize your ideas.
MEMBERSHIP: 60 members. Apply online.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
"” Reds YP Day
July 27
Great American Ball Park

CONTACTS:
www.cincyypkc.com
www.facebook.com/cincyypkc
mayorsypkc@gmail.com
 

 
 UNITED WAY EMERGING LEADERS
TYPE: Philanthropy, Volunteering, Professional Development
DESCRIPTION: Designed to foster a new generation of civic-minded philanthropists, and to address community issues through giving, advocating and volunteering.
WHY JOIN?: One of the largest and most successful groups in Cincinnati, with more than double-digit growth every year.
MEMBERSHIP: Approximately 1,400 members, young professionals under the age of 40 can become members through a $1,000 annual gift, but can begin through a step-up donation program.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
"” Leadership Live
Featuring local CEOs and community leaders sharing their thoughts on leadership and community involvement.
"” Board Training and Development
Helping young professionals prepare to serve as leaders in the nonprofit community.
"” Xavier Series: Personal Influence
A leadership development workshop hosted by Xavier's MBA Program.
4-6 p.m., July 7
Xavier University, Cintas/Schiff Center
Membership to Emerging Leaders required.

CONTACTS:

www.uwgc.org
www.facebook.com/pages/United-Way-of-Greater-Cincinnati/41560957348
www.twitter.com/UnitedWayEL
(513) 762-7195
emergingleaders@uwgc.org
 
 
UNITED WAY VOLUNTEER 1000
TYPE: Volunteering
DESCRIPTION: Program aimed at incorporating young professionals into volunteer
efforts: 1,000 volunteers, 1,000 hours, or 1,000 projects each year.
WHY JOIN?: Led entirely by young professionals. The United Way's focus on education, income and health provides a backdrop for significant impact in the local community.
MEMBERSHIP: More than 300 people.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
"” Kemper House Cookout
Provide food and fun for residents at Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health facility.
11 a.m., June 18, Kemper House,
2374 Kemper Lane, Cincinnati
Free, no membership required.

CONTACTS:

www.uwgc.org
www.facebook.com/Volunteer1000
www.twitter.com/Volunteer1000
(513) 762-7100
 


VINEYARD COMMUNITY CHURCH
TYPE: Interdenominational Church
DESCRIPTION: Extensive community outreach, projects, small groups. Also, national and global mission efforts.
WHY JOIN?: Many events weekly.

CONTACTS:

www.cincyvineyard.com
(513) 671-0422
 
 
YOUNG HEARTS SOCIETY (AHA)
TYPE: Committed to heart health
DESCRIPTION: Next generation working with the American Heart Association.
WHY JOIN?: Many events during the year.

CONTACTS:
(513) 842-8863
sara.walker@heart.org
 

 
YOUNG NONPROFIT PROFESSIONALS NETWORK OF GREATER CINCINNATI
TYPE: Networking, Professional Development
DESCRIPTION: Seeks to attract and retain talented professionals, provides professional development, networking and collaboration across the diverse nonprofit sector.
WHY JOIN?: Networking Happy Hour events and morning coffee "Power Hours."
MEMBERSHIP: Approximately 225 members with representatives from the arts, health care, education and human services.
Open to those in the nonprofit sector with a small annual fee.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
"” Coffee and Happy Hour networking events begin again in September.
"” Water Stop at Tour de Cure

Fundraiser for American Diabetes Association
June 18
Warren County Fairgrounds

CONTACTS:
www.ynpncincy.org
www.facebook.com/pages/YNPN-Greater-Cincinnati/177869296414
www.ynpncincyblog.wordpress.com
 
 
YOUNG PHILANTHROPIST SOCIETY OF CINCINNATI
TYPE: Philanthropy, Networking, Professional Development
DESCRIPTION: Volunteer organization established to raise funds and awareness for philanthropic causes, and to develop future leaders in the arts and nonprofit sectors. 
WHY JOIN?: Acts as liaison to match young professionals with a non-profit or charity at different levels of commitment.
MEMBERSHIP: A newly-launched organization, applications are still being processed for membership and board positions. There is no cost to be a member.

CONTACTS:
www.ypscincinnati.org
www.facebook.com/pages/Young-Philanthropist-Society-of-Cincinnati/121078787961704
www.twitter.com/YPSocietyCincy
YPScincinnati@gmail.com
 
 
YPS AT THE MAYERSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
TYPE: Networking, Socializing, Recreation
DESCRIPTION: Opportunities for young professionals to participate in recreation and social programs designed just for their demographic.
WHY JOIN?: Jewish Community Center has a $45 million state-of-the-art fitness facility. 
MEMBERSHIP: More than 1,000 between the ages of 21 to 35. Cost: between $48 and $88 per month for singles and families respectively, with specials throughout the year for new members.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
"” Father's Day Picnic & Party
Noon-2 p.m., June 19
Free for members only.

CONTACTS:

www.mayersonjcc.org
www.facebook.com/CincyJCC
www.twitter.com/theMayersonJCC
(513) 761-7500
info@mayersonjcc.org