Can you help us get to 10,000? In March, as part of our 10th anniversary celebration, we announced a food drive with the goal of collecting 10,000 canned goods before the end of November. YPAL was founded in 1999 by a group of young leaders with the goal of convincing young professionals to stay in Louisville where they could make a difference in their community. Now, it’s your turn. Celebrate with us by helping fight hunger in our city over the next year by donating canned food items at YPAL events. All items will benefit local food banks, Kentucky Harvest and Dare to Care.

This year long food drive is another example of the incredible ways our members continue to engage in community outreach each year. See below for a full list of highlights and achievements.

2008-2009 Highlights:

  • Celebrated YPAL’s 10th Anniversary with a yearlong Food Drive to benefit Kentucky Harvest and Dare to Care.
  • Mayor Jerry Abramson declared March 10, 2009 as “YPAL 10th Anniversary Day” in Louisville and we unveiled a 10th Anniversary logo as well as street banners located on Main Street between 3rd and 9th Streets.
  • Developed a value proposition to better represent YPAL’s objective in serving young professionals in the Louisville community.
  • Hosted a variety of events geared towards professional development including a three-part entrepreneurial series in association with the University of Louisville’s Entrepreneurial MBA Program, Diversity Dinner series, Diversity in the Age of Obama and Leadership Lunch series including a discussion on advocacy.
  • Planned various opportunities for YPAL members to engage in community outreach including the Salvation Army Angel Tree, Smoketown Cleanup, Special Olympics and two successful Community Connection events.
  • Designed a YPAL brochure to distribute at YPAL 101 and other events highlighting the mission of YPAL and ways for new members to get involved in the organization.
  • Revamped the YPAL advocacy procedures and initiated successful advocacy campaigns in support of the Center City Development downtown and an increase in the state’s cigarette tax.