We think there are three, total no-brainer benefits to joining a young professional group. First, it’s an opportunity to network with like-minded people outside of the office. Second, it’s a great chance to add meaningful substance to your résumé. And third, it’s a perfect way to plug into a community and make new friends.
Browse through the groups here and be sure to click on the ones that spark your interest. (Don’t forget to look at our ever-changing volunteer opportunities and our growing list of memberships, classes and teams, too!)
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Arts + Culture
FORTE | Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
FORTE is the ISO’s young professionals group that offers you access to guest artists, invitations to exclusive (and pretty fun) networking events, rewarding volunteer opportunities, and tons of VIP benefits and discounts! Find out more.
1816 Young Professional Advisory Board | Indiana State Museum
For more information, visit the website.
1925 Society | The Children's Museum
The world’s biggest and best children’s museum is launching a new group created exclusively for young professionals—The 1925 Society. It’s an opportunity to explore, engage, and enjoy the museum in a whole new way. Find out more.
Agave | Eiteljorg Museum
Agave members are a dynamic, energetic group of young professionals who share an enthusiasm for contributing to the local arts and helping the Eiteljorg fulfill its mission — to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and Native Americans. Find out more.
Indianapolis Zoo Associate Council
The Indianapolis Zoo Associate Council is comprised of emerging leaders from Central Indiana are dedicated to aiding and supporting the Zoo’s mission of advancing animal conservation while engaging to also make an impact in our community. Find out more.
Horizon Council | Conner Prairie
The Conner Prairie Horizon Council is an energetic, young professionals group shares ideas, engages in strategic planning, fundraises and takes part in special events. Their voices are heard and perspectives captured as they help envision the Conner Prairie of the future. Find out more.
We know the arts can be expensive, which is why we created a club that offers you the chance to experience the finest in cabaret entertainment at a fraction of the cost. Membership is free. Learn more!
Designed for and by young professionals, our members come from diverse backgrounds, but we all share a common interest in the arts and in making an impact. Enjoy great concerts, socialize with like-minded individuals and shape your cultural involvement with the Scene at the Center for the Performing Arts. Learn More!
Philanthropic + Cause Based
stART | Arts for Learning
Formed in 2014, stART is comprised of 8 to 15 young professionals from diverse backgrounds. Their mission is to raise funds and awareness for Arts for Learning by planning special events and serving as ambassadors of the organization in the community. Find out more.
YP Board | Back on My Feet
The Back on My Feet Young Professional Board (YPB) will support Back on My Feet Indianapolis and uphold its mission which combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. The YPB will be comprised of 8-10 individuals who demonstrate a strong passion and desire to make an impact in the lives of our members. The YPB will assist in event planning, recruitment and serve as ambassadors of the organization within the Indianapolis community. Please email Liz.Navarre@backonmyfeet.org for more info.
Best Buddies Indiana YP Council
The Best Buddies Indiana YP Council (YPC) is a group of volunteers dedicated to supporting the Best Buddies mission of “establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” They serve as a support network for Best Buddies Indiana in areas of fundraising, marketing, event planning, recruiting and programs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Emerging Leaders | United Way
United Way’s Emerging Leaders program engages philanthropic young professionals, age 40 and younger, through volunteer opportunities, leadership development and social/networking events. Find out more.
EtC | College Mentors for Kids
Through its unique on-campus mentoring program, College Mentors for Kids connects college students with the most to give to kids who need it most. EtC is a committee of professionals in the Indianapolis area that aims to engage the local community with College Mentors and to connect the college student mentors with their community. EtC members participate in fundraising efforts, volunteer time, and plan and host fun events to raise awareness for College Mentors for Kids. Find out more.
Friends of Riley | Riley Hospital
Friends of Riley partners with the Foundation to serve as a bridge between the Riley cause and an expansive Indiana young professional community. This unique organization provides networking events and social activities to raise both awareness and resources for the hospital while inspiring lifetime involvement. Through their efforts, members of Friends of Riley will work to continuously build, nurture and grow new and/or existing affinities for the children at Riley Hospital. Find out more.
Giving Sum is creating the next generation of philanthropic leaders. By combining members’ resources–time, talent, and finances–Giving Sum is able to multiply the impact that members have on the community and on each other. Find out more.
SPOKES | School on Wheels
Build relationships with like-minded professionals who care about the city of Indianapolis and the youth who live here. Put your passions for youth and education to practice through tangible service. Let’s end homelessness together, and have fun doing it! Find out more.
People of Peace (POP) | Peace Learning Center
Connect with other peace enthusiasts in a meaningful way that allows you to learn and have fun at the same time. People of Peace empowers its members to build bridges within central Indianapolis by increasing community awareness through the impact of service. Join POP today!
YP Group | CHIP (Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention)
Collaborate, network, and engage with a dynamic group of young professionals who are interested in making an impact on homelessness in Indianapolis. CHIP’s YP Group would meet monthly and host quarterly events, including but not limited to social, advocacy/awareness, and fundraising events. Find out more here or email Zach Alexander to get involved!
YP Board | Ronald McDonald House
The YP Board is dedicated to supporting the ever increasing fundraising and volunteer needs of Ronald McDonald House of Indiana. Members benefit by taking part in hands-on volunteer opportunities, serving in a leadership capacity, or through the various networking opportunities the organization provides. Find out more.
YP Advisory Board | Children's Bureau
The Children’s Bureau Young Professionals Advisory Board offers young professionals the opportunity to learn about non-profit board service and contribute to the Children’s Bureau mission. Find out more.
Professional + Social Networking
The Indianapolis Urban League Young Professionals (The Exchange)
The Exchange believes that socially conscientious and empowered young urban professionals will serve as the next cadre of business, civic and community leaders in the 21st century. They are a network of people ages 21-45 that provide leadership development, economic empowerment and community volunteer opportunities for young professionals in Central Indiana. Find out more.
JCI Indianapolis exists to build a better Indianapolis by providing opportunities that empower young people to create positive change. We do this through connection, service, leadership, and development programs. Find out more.
Levo Indianapolis | Local Chapter
Through professional development, access to incredible women and offline experiences, we’re making the professional journey an enjoyable one. Local Levo provides you with the place to meet other fabulous, career minded women. Find out more.
Marion County Young Ag Professionals
Young Ag Professionals helps promote agriculture through public education, member engagement and by advocating for agricultural and rural needs. Members come from all walks of life – whether farm-grown and now city-living, or just people who like to eat and learn about food. The group participates in hunger- and poverty-relieving philanthropy work, sponsors and assists with educational events, hosts networking and social events, and discusses city and county policy issues that affect agriculture. Find out more.
The Indianapolis chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) seeks to provide a safe, supportive and encouraging place for nonprofit professionals to share the struggles and joys of mission-driven work. Find out more.
Young Professional Group | Skyline Club
Under the age of 35 | Live or works within 50 miles of the Club
For more information, visit the website.
Young Professionals of Central Indiana
As a member of YPCI, you have the opportunity to participate in Indianapolis’ leading networking organization for young professionals. Our events are fun, educational, and provide an opportunity for you to meet and connect with young professionals from many different walks of life. Find out more.
IndyBar Young Lawyers Division
The purpose of the IndyBar Young Lawyers Division is to stimulate the interest of young lawyers and new members of the Indianapolis Bar Association in the objectives of the Association, to carry on activities which will be of assistance to those and other lawyers in their practice of law, to educate and inform the legal community and the general public, and to make reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Association. Find out more.
Rainmakers Young Professionals provides a platform for Indy’s best and brightest young professionals to meet, learn and grow. Join us on the first Tuesday of each month at Morty’s Comedy Joint at 96th and Keystone on Indy’s north side. Find out more.
Circle City Connect (C3)
Circle City Connect is made up of young Indianapolis professionals who want to do more than just trade business cards. We are new arrivals and lifelong residents, recent grads and senior execs, blue-collar experts and white-collar professionals, each driven to advance ourselves and our city. We work together to get the most out of Indy, give our all to make it a better place to live, and make every effort to help each other grow – personally and professionally.
Teachers Lounge Indy
Teachers Lounge Indy connects educators in every sector of greater Indianapolis through social events, advocacy opportunities, and community conversation. Interested in learning more? Contact them!
AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. Learn more!