Young Education Professionals’ mission is to connect and empower early-to-mid career professionals through knowledge, career and professional development programs bridging education policy, practice, and research. By doing this work, we are equipping tomorrow’s leaders to answer the toughest challenges in education today and into the future.
YEP envisions a future where professionals in every corner of the United States can access a premier national network of local chapters where people, ideas, and skills converge to foster tomorrow’s education leaders.
Young Education Professionals believes:
The original Young Education Professionals (YEP) was founded in Washington, DC in the late 1990s by leaders such as Michael Petrilli (now President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute) and Jennifer Vranek (now Founding Partner, Education First Consulting). The group was phased out in the early 2000s.
In 2007, Kate Blosveren Kreamer (now Associate Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)) revived and re-launched the group with the next generation of young education leaders. The group called itself Young Education Professionals-DC (YEP-DC) and earned a strong reputation for connecting tomorrow’s education leaders online and via high quality, in-person events.
As YEP-DC members moved to other cities and the organization's reputation grew, as did interest in creating new YEP chapters. In spring 2012, YEP launched its expansion with new chapters in Colorado and New York City. The Bay Area, Birmingham, Boston, and Twin Cities chapters followed soon after, with official launches in summer/fall 2012. YEP-Trinagle North Carolina joined the YEP family in 2013. YEP-Indianapolis and YEP-Seattle became part of our network in 2014. Our newest chapters, which launched in 2015, are YEP-Phoenix, YEP-Cincinnati, YEP-Cleveland, and YEP-Columbus. As of August 2015, there are more than 12,500 members across all chapters. YEP continues to grow organically. You can see a complete list of our chapters here.
YEP is a completely volunteer-run organization at both the local and national levels.
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