Young Professionals of Racine (YPR) will host a number of networking events the last week of April as part of a statewide young professionals week. The events will focus on discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter most among young professionals in Wisconsin.

Young Professionals of Racine works  to attract, engage, cultivate and retain professional talent to help our community flourish. The week includes 15 communities around Wisconsin participating in this fifth annual YPWeek from April 23 to April 30, 2016. The young professional groups in these communities will be having activities and events all week at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets of their communities with meaningful learning or social interaction. The activities are meant to engage the younger workforce in experiences while educating employers on the important role these assets play in retaining the younger demographic to their workforce. YPWeek 2016 includes the following communities: Door County, Fond du Lac, Fox Cities, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Marshfield, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Racine, Sheboygan, Stevens Point, Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids.

More specifically in Racine, YPWeek will be very busy! YPR has exciting events planned for members to participate and is looking to recruit new members to the YPR networking group which is a program of Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce. Join us for one or all of the events. Visit racinechamber.com for registration details. Also visit ypweek.com for full details and information about the YPWeek

Theatre and Reception April 23

YPR will showcase the arts and culture scene in Racine by having a reception at Vero International Cuisine followed by the play, Good People, at the 6th Street Theatre. Event tickets are $30/person and space is limited. Fee includes a pre-show networking gathering with appetizers plus the show ticket.

Social at Racine Art Museum April 27

YPR will take the stuffiness out of the average networking event by showcasing a great venue, the Racine Art Musuem, plus will throw in appetizers, drinks and a DJ. Our friends from NEWaukee (young professionals group from Milwaukee) will be joining us as we collaborate on the 2016 statewide Young Professionals Week. Join us to share a drink and meet each other! $10/person event fee includes appetizers and drinks catered by The Red Onion.

Annual Dodgeball Tournament  April 29

This exciting annual tournament is not only a ton of laughs, and a way to get a little exercise, but it also allows for a few bragging rights among companies! This event raises funds for the YP Scholarship that is given out each year to a graduating senior from a Racine high school. Form your teams now! $10/person or $80/corporate sponsored team. Includes tournament fee and awards ceremony food and beverages.

To learn more or to become a YPR member, contact Anna Clementi at RAMAC, 262-634-1931.

Article submitted by Anna Clementi.

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