Young Professionals Network

MISSION:  To recruit, develop, connect, empower and retain young professionals in APWA through increased opportunities and resources to enhance their professional development and success within the association and the public works industry.

How is the YP Network structured? 

It is a group (not a formal national committee) comprised of Young Professionals who actively participate in the YP initiatives in their respective local APWA Branch and/or Chapter.  The YP Network evolved by way of APWA's Diversity Committee in 2012. The Student Outreach Network is part of the Young Professionals Network.


Who should participate in the YP Network? 

APWA members who are:

  • Enthusiastic about connecting, recruiting, retaining, and empowering other fellow YPs in the public works industry
  • Active in their local APWA Branch and/or Chapter
  • Interested in sharing and learning best practices regarding YP involvement in APWA and other topics relative to the YP demographic

What type of best practice information is shared?

Through monthly conference calls, YP Network participants exchange information about networking events at local chapters and branches, processes/policies affecting young professionals as well as communicating with current YP members and prospective members.


Resources for Young Professionals

Message from the Network Chair

Interacting with other public professionals that are relatively new to the profession is a great way to advance one’s career. Local YP groups get together for social mixers, community service events, and technical tours. In some cases young professionals are involved in planning of chapter conferences.

At PWX – APWA’s annual conference – YP’s have a special registration rate and there is an education track geared toward those in the 35-and-under age group.

If you would like to join us in building the young professional presence in APWA, take a look at the Opportunities to Participate page. If you have questions or suggestions, you are also welcome to contact the national staff liaison to the YP Network, or anyone on the national YP Committee.