Charleston Young Professionals (CYP), a division of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, is working with the chamber's Career Academies to reach out to high school students and prepare them for life in the professional world.
The new program #YPAMA, is inspired by the popular “Ask me Anything” posts on social media outlets and features answers from young professionals to real-time questions from local high schools.
Local high schools are hosting quarterly panels that allow CYP members to share their journey with high school students nearing graduation with the hope that #YPAMA will inspire the next generation of community leaders from diverse backgrounds. #YPAMA helps students expand their own expectations while offering a look at what young professionals have learned during the beginning of their careers.
"#YPAMA is another way that Charleston Young Professionals show their commitment to ensuring that future generations are aware of career opportunities in our state and knowledgeable of the resources that are available to them regardless of the career path they choose to follow," Erica Wright, CYP director, said in a press release. "We are excited to work alongside the Chamber's Career Academies program to help re-educate our students on the path for success."
Hanahan High School has hosted #YPAMA with CYP members from fields including education, banking, hospitality and engineering. The unique text-in feature allowed students to ask real-time questions of the panelists, which ranged from career path choices and education issues to overall guidance and suggestions for their future.
#YPAMA has announced panels at St. Johns High School, North Charleston High School and Summerville High School this year.
Charleston Young Professionals was founded in 1996 by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and focuses on providing professional development and opportunities for more than 900 young professional members in the region.