AAYP had its humble beginnings in a downtown Omaha restaurant. It was there, two young professionals had a conversation that sparked an idea centered on the fact many African American young professionals in the metro simply were not connected.
After garnering the support of the Empowerment Network, a group of six young professionals decided to move forward and held the first official meeting of AAYP in January of 2012.
In the beginning, the initiative struggled to find its identity and young professionals willing to take a chance on something new. What would make AAYP different? The answer quickly unfolded during the coming months – AAYP embarked on a media journey producing videos and a docu-series on why their work was needed. The initiative held Lunch & Learns, networking mixers, a book signing, a Back to School Bash, registered voters and facilitated an impressive young professionals panel. Participants worked diligently to spread the word of the movement armed with the phrase, “Networking for a better Net Worth.” The fruits of their labor garnered overwhelming community support for the efforts of AAYP.
The African-American Young Professionals are now working collectively with the Urban League’s Young Professional group. Hundreds of young and emerging professionals have participated in activities and events.