Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) is offering free one-year HYP memberships to young professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

HYP leaders established the COVID-19 Professional Development Fund so young professionals looking to expand their networks could do so without financial burden.

“HYP is a place where people sharpen their professional skills and develop relationships that often translate into new career opportunities,” HYP President Sydney Kyler said. “We hope to facilitate this connection and provide a supportive and welcoming community to those who need a networking boost.”

Any young professional who has experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 qualifies for the Professional Development Fund.

“We designed the application to be as simple and inclusive as possible,” Kyler explained.

To apply for the free membership, applicants can take the following steps:

  • Visit hyp.cogran.com
  • Create an account
  • Click “Registration”
  • Enter the required information
  • Select “COVID-19 Professional Development 1-Year Membership”
  • Answer the optional questions
  • Click “Credit Card” to submit the registration

Those who join HYP can participate in professional development events, volunteer opportunities, outdoor and entertainment activities and more throughout Harrisburg.

In addition, HYP members gain access to exclusive discounts with partner businesses in the Harrisburg area.

The COVID-19 Professional Development Fund was made possible by donors in the community.

“We are grateful to the generous donors who have made it possible for HYP to offer these free annual memberships,” Kyler reflected.

Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) is a group of young, active, civic-minded professionals who have a clear vision of Harrisburg’s future as a great place to live, work and play. We are part of a movement that is breathing new life into urban areas and lessening the negative impact of suburban sprawl. We also work to prevent the migration of educated young people to larger cities (often referred to as “brain drain”) and to encourage those who have left to return to the Central Pennsylvania region.