Young Professionals Network

Sponsor: Colaluca & Associates

For YMCA part and full time staff and board members under the age of 40 by August 31, 2022.

Not to be confused with the NAYDO Conference Young Professionals Class of 2022 that involves a selection process (see below), the Young Professionals Network is open to all NAYDO Association Members and Virtual Training Subscribers under the age of 40. Select the Young Professionals Network when you activate your benefits giving NAYDO permission to send you emails. If you need assistance with signing up or have questions about the program activities, just email

Open to Y Staff and Board Members Under Age 40 Network Activities
      Philanthropy Live! Project for Under 40 Attendees
             Each year one Philanthropy Live! community service project is designed for an limited to NAYDO Conference attendees under age
             40. It is typically scheduled for the first morning of the conference, Wednesday, April 6. More details available in the fall.
     Mentoring Opportunity

             Created by NAYDO Young Professionals Alumni, the Mentoring Session is designed to give young professionals (board or staff)
             the opportunity to strike up an informal 45-minute conversation with inspirational leaders whom they may otherwise not be able
              to connect with during the conference. Seasoned Y professionals and retirees from the YMCA Movement volunteer to be 
              mentors. (Not limited to Class of 2022-sign up on registration form but must be a conference attendee))  

    Young Professionals Virtual Network Events
             This virtual experience is open to all YMCA staff under age 40 and involves 3 activities not related or during the conference
             between September 2021 and August 2022. Details of activities will be posted on this page as they are confirmed and those who
             have signed-up will receive a notification email as well.

Young Professionals Class of 2022

Application Deadline is December 6, 2021 ** 
Must be no older than age 31 by August 31, 2022
While Conference Registration is required there is no additional cost for this program if selected.

NAYDO Council Liaison: Bruce Ham, YMCA of the Triangle,
2022 Young Professional & Alumni Coordinator: Courtney Cordero (YPP Alumni), YMCA of San Diego County,
Program Advisor: Erica Halpern (YPP Alumni), YMCA of Greater New Orleans,

The Young Professionals Program offers NAYDO Association Members and Virtual Training Subscribers who are YMCA staff (part time or full time) between the ages of 21 and 31 (by August 31, 2022) a unique and exceptional conference experience focused on networking, professional development and mentoring. 

Through this program, NAYDO Young Professionals will set personal goals and outcomes for their time at the conference, connect with peers and mentors from around the world, increase capacity to deliver on philanthropic goals at their Y and deepen their understanding of and commitment to a culture of philanthropy. For the supervisors of young professionals, this is a unique opportunity to invest in young staff members to advance the culture of philanthropy through a new generation of professionals.

Required Participation:
Wednesday, April 6 - Orientation. (4:30 - 5:30 pm)
Thursday, April 7 - Career Track Hot Topics (during Hot Topics Round B)
Friday, April 8 - Philanthropy Forum for Class of 2022 (after lunch on Friday)

Optional Participation:
Wednesday, April 6 - Philanthropy Live! Under 40 Project 1: Coastal Cleanup-Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful
Thursday, April 7 - Mentoring Opportunity (during Hot Topics Round C)
Year-Round Network Virtual Events (3)

Since its inception at the NAYDO 2010 Conference, 240 young professionals have completed the program. See if you know any of our active Young Professionals Alumni on the YP Alumni Roster.

**Download the Young Professsionals Class of 2022 Application Form.

Once it is past this deadline of December 6, 2021 if you have unique circumstances that caused you to miss it (example: new hire), contact the NAYDO Office at regarding late application options.
Young Professionals – As a result of your participation you will:
  • Receive priority consideration if you apply for conference financial assistance.
  • Determine personal goals and outcomes for the conference with your supervisor
  • Receive a recommended customized schedule of workshops to attend based on your goals
  • Be recognized for completion of the program as a member of the Class of 2022 if you participate in the required sessions.
Supervisors – As a result of supporting a Young Professional’s participation you will:
  • Cultivate more committed, engaged staff with the potential to positively impact staff retention rates
  • Provide training opportunities at no additional cost to your association through webinars, mentoring opportunities and peer networking
  • Build capacity of staff to understand, articulate and deliver on philanthropic goals of your YMCA
  • Have staff with enhanced professional skills including goal-setting, organization, public speaking, fundraising and more
  • Support staff development assisted by external specialists
  • Increase visibility of your YMCA through recognition at NAYDO conference

Questions about the program?
Mary Zoller, NAYDO Operations & Conference Director,
Bruce Ham, Young Professionals Council Liaison, 

"NAYDO exposed our young professionals to the world of YMCA professional fundraising.  I was able to connect with Tom Madeyski, Ken O'Kelley and John Duntley and get engaged in the camping committee.  This is great exposure for a young professional as well as a great opportunity for these men to mentor the future generation of YMCA leadership."
Max Clark
YP Class of 2017