YPA invites young professionals (ages 21 – 40) in WNC to become a YPA member for an annual membership fee of $50. We encourage you to chat with your employer and see if they would be willing to invest in your professional growth with YPA.

Non-members are encouraged to participate and will not be charged to attend YPA’s monthly events.



As a member, you may now take advantage of the following benefits:

  • 12 Social Events
    • Our social events are held once per month at a changing venue around Asheville.  They are held the second Thursday of the month from 5:30pm – 7:30pm so they won’t interfere with your regular work schedule.  We occasionally include a free drink ticket, or provide appetizers.
  • 12 Volunteering Events
    • Once per month, usually in the fourth week, we offer an opportunity to volunteer for a local cause supporting health, education, social support, and other community issues.  This is also a wonderful opportunity to learn about how to serve your community regardless of your talents, try something new, and connect with your fellow YPA members.
  • 12 Professional Development events
    • At YPA, we do our best to connect you to valuable professional development speakers.  The first Friday of the month at 8:30 am, you can come learn about a variety of topics ranging from entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, personal development, and more. Our speakers are often professional presenters who have donated their time to present to YPA.
  • Members-only events
    • At least three times per year, we have members-only events focused around creating better relationships with the community and each other. These events include appetizers and 1-2 drinks.
  • End of Year  (EOY) party
    • The end of (fiscal) year social is not to be missed! Held in June, this event comes with live music, heavy appetizers, and one drink ticket, and is included in your membership dues.
  • Holiday party
    • The holiday party is another spectacular event! Also included in your membership dues, this event is held in December. Often to theme, we sometimes combine a giving event to celebrate that time of the year! Heavy appetizers, live music, and a drink ticket are included. Who doesn’t love a holiday bash!
  • Discounts on the following events
    • Leadership AVL Breakfast Buzz Events
    • WomanUP
    • And more to come!
  • Private members only Facebook group
    • This group is an online platform for you to connect with other members virtually. We encourage you to share about your business, events, inspiring ideas, resources for the group and community happenings.

In addition, you’ll have –

  • Opportunity to be elected to the YPA Board
  • Ability to vote for annual board members
  • Receive frequent e-newsletters with updated events
  • You can utilize the YPA Member logo on your website

• Monthly social events
• Monthly community volunteering opportunities
• Professional development held monthly
• Opportunity to be elected to the YPA Board
• Ability to vote for annual board members
• Utilize the YPA Member logo on your website
• Discounts on partner events (Leadership AVL Breakfast Buzz, WomanUP)
• Members only events
• Members only Facebook group
• FREE Admission to Annual End of Year Party


1. Click the “Join YPA Now” button to register.
2. You will be re-directed to our payment processing page hosted by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.
3. You will NOT become a YPA member until you have completed payment.