Young Athens Professionals

About Us:

Founded in December 2009, Young Athens Professionals (YAP) is a group organized by the Athens County Economic Development Councilthe Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, and Career Connections. Its purpose is to encourage the young professionals of Athens to meet and network while supporting local businesses. There are no membership dues and all events are open to the public. Please share and encourage your colleagues and friends to join.

Click this link to visit the YAP website to learn more!



Q: What is the purpose of YAP?

A: Our main purpose is to provide a place for young professionals in Athens County to meet new people, become part of a social network, and professionally network while having a great time! We also strive to support our small businesses and work to retain talent in Athens County!

Q: Who is the target audience?

A: We aim to provide a social and professional networking space for everyone between the ages of those about to graduate from college to those early/mid-way through their career.

Q: When and Where do YAP Events Take Place?

A: YAP events typically take place on the second Thursday of every month, from 5 pm-7 pm. The location changes every month, so look for information here or on our Facebook page about upcoming events. Special events on weekends or other dates also happen once in a while… and they’re always outstanding.

Q: Who should I contact for more information about events?

A: Send us an email at

Q: How do I sign up to host or sponsor an event?

A: We would love to discuss having your business or organization host a happy hour or sponsor an event in order to provide free appetizers for attendees. Please email us at

Join YAP to learn about upcoming events:


Young Athens Professionals meet-ups and happy hours are made possible through sponsorships from Athens area businesses. If you are a business interested in sponsoring a Young Athens Professionals event, download our YAP Sponsorship Letter to learn more.



The Young Athens Professionals are always looking for new venues and spaces to hold meet-ups. Do you know of any new event spaces, restaurants, or bars in Athens County that are capable of holding 30-50 people? Email us at and we’d be glad to chat!