Frequently Asked Questions
What is considered “young?”
YPAL enjoys a liberal definition of professional. We have professionals from all areas - corporate, government, non-profit, medical, education, entrepreneurs … you name it.
First, become a member as soon as possible! Doing so will ensure you receive our Weekly Update e-newsletter. And, attending events is the easiest way to get involved. Because of our all-volunteer structure, we’re always seeking volunteers for our committees as well as leaders for our board of directors. In fact, if you have a special skill that you’d like to share, such as experience in PR, website development and design, policy development, etc., we could definitely use your input! Just contact the appropriate board director for more information.
Yes, regardless of whether the event requires payment or not, we need to know who will be there so that we can make appropriate accommodations.
Once you become a member, you can access the members-only area for an electronic directory of members.
We’re always pleased to extend our partnership circle with businesses wanting to market to young professionals. Contact the YPAL admin team for more information.
No, but a benefit of membership is discounted or free admission to most events. Meetings for the board and YPAL’s executive committee are the only meetings not open to general membership.
No, we offer a variety of events and meetings so you can participate in what fits your schedule as well as your goals and needs.
While participation is not mandatory, we encourage our members to take advantage of YPAL's ability to make a difference in the community, make new personal contacts and develop professionally.
The overall benefit of YPAL is determined by each member. Whether your goal through YPAL is to connect with community leaders and like-minded young professionals, engage in the Louisville community through service and outreach or develop professional leadership skills, YPAL's member benefits are endless.
Additionally, YPAL members enjoy various discounts and exclusive offers from many local merchants. Benefits range from discounted magazine subscription rates to a scholarship at a local university. Member benefits are always being added, so be sure to check the official member benefits page often. Note: Many member benefits are only available to individuals that have valid membership cards.
Each committee is charged with responsibilities and duties that follow YPAL's mission statement. A list of committee descriptions are available for review.
Louisville has a rich history and is home to many unique events, companies and citizens. Feel free to review our short list of Louisville facts.
YPAL makes every attempt to document various news stories or events that pertain to the organization. Although not exhaustive since our inception in 1999, we have compiled a list of YPAL accomplishments broken down by year.
Does YPAL engage in the political process and/or advocate for various causes that are important to its membership?
Yes, YPAL, through its Public Issues Committee, hosts various events throughout the course of the year to help raise awareness and educate the membership about the various issues affecting Louisville and its citizens. Furthermore, the Public Issues Committee annually surveys the overall membership in order to ensure that the organization is in touch with our membership's views. If an issue is deemed important by a majority of our membership, the organization will actively advocate the membership's view during legislative sessions. Please Note: YPAL does not endorse specific candidates for election or political parties.