Rochester’s Young Professional Organizations

The organizations and groups listed below support RocCity Coalition’s mission with their focus on attracting, retaining, and empowering the young professionals of Greater Rochester.

Feel free to contact these groups individually to learn more.  If you would like help navigating Rochester’s YP community, email us at

Member Organizations:

The core focus of a Member organization is compatible the mission of RocCity Coalition.  These may be standalone groups or subsidiaries of larger organizations, so long as they have the autonomy to pursue these goals.

Adirondack Mountain Club Genesee Valley Chapter Younger Members

The ADK-GVC YMs are a group of outdoor enthusiasts in their 20s, and 30s and 40s who like to have fun outdoors – but anyone who is young at heart is welcome at all of our activities! We are interested in conservation, education and, of course, recreation.

We host many activities including local day trips, as well as weekend trips, hiking, paddling, backpacking, camping, and biking. ADK-GVC YMs also do a lot of fun stuff like ice skating, happy hours, and monthly social gatherings. Attend one of our upcoming events, and be prepared to have fun, meet new people, and share ideas for future activities.

We cater to all ability levels, from first-timer to advanced. You don’t need to be a member of the ADK club to attend events—all are welcome. See you outdoors!

Association of Fundraising Professionals – Genesee Valley Chapter Young Professionals

AFPGV Young Professionals is a networking group for young professionals at all experience levels that support the fundraising efforts of a nonprofit, whether as part of their job description or as a volunteer fundraiser. The group provides a forum for participants to network, discuss, and share information with their peers and hold open conversations about the unique concerns and opportunities young professionals face in the field. The group may also invite special guests (of any age) to speak on a specific topic of interest or as an informal mentoring/networking opportunity. The group primarily meets over lunch.

American Society of Civil Engineers – Rochester Section Younger Member Group

The next generation of civil engineers will play an important role in the revitalization of Rochester. 2008 saw the re-launch of the ASCE Rochester Younger Member Group to support the advancement of civil engineering students and graduates, aged 35 and younger. These emerging leaders will contribute to the development of our city and surrounding area for years to come, and our mission is to sustain them in their commitment to the profession.  Essentially, we aim to provide our young civil engineers with valuable connections to the community through engaging and enjoyable experiences.

Bivona Young Professionals

The Bivona Young Professionals seek to support the Bivona Child Advocacy Center through volunteering, fundraising, and spreading community awareness regarding childhood physical and sexual abuse.

Book Thieves (Writers & Books)

Book Thieves is Writers & Books’ awesome, casual, funny, smart, food, drink, and book loving, coed, young professionals’ book club. We generally meet once a month. Every book club is different – every year, we are all invited to bring food and wine and a list of books we’d like to nominate for the following year. Someone calls out a title they are passionate about, share a short synopsis, and, if a majority of people are excited by the book, it’s added to a list. We do try to work in a classic every year and we also try to broaden our horizons to include more genres other than just novels, such as plays, graphic novels, and memoirs.

City Young Professionals

Eastman Young Professionals

Emerging Rochester Architects

The Emerging Rochester Architects is a subcommittee of the American Institute of Architects Rochester Chapter, and is chaired by the AIA Rochester Emerging Professional Director. Our membership includes associates, architects, and architectural students who have an enthusiasm for architecture, design and Rochester.

ERA is the vehicle for hosting events and programs that are fun, foster professional development and engage the community with a focus on architecture and design. The broad nature of ERA’s framework allows the members to steer it in a direction that is their passion and, will best benefit them, allowing future Generations to make ERA their own.

Fisher Young Professionals

Fisher YPs’ mission is to connect young professionals in the community who graduated from St. John Fisher College to other alums across cross generational lines. Our intent is to promote business as well mentorship.

Flower City Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals

Flower City Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals focuses our energy and efforts of the chapter to join those of other young professionals as we work together to build homes, communities, and hope. As an official HYP chapter, we serve Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We aim to achieve this vision through education, advocacy, fundraising, and engaging in leadership and professional development while assisting and supporting Flower City Habitat for Humanity.

Gilda’s Club Rochester Associate Board

The mission of Gilda’s Club Rochester is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer – men, women, teens, and children – along with their families and friends. Their innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities.

The mission of the Associate Board is to promote awareness of Gilda’s Club Rochester, organize philanthropic initiatives and provide volunteer service. As ambassadors of Gilda’s Club Rochester they have the opportunity to participate in many different ways including fundraising, public relations, outreach, and recruiting new members. Through the Associate Board we hope to cultivate, inspire, and empower a new generation of philanthropic leaders and supporters of Gilda’s Club Rochester.

Good Pointe Society

Good Pointe Society is the young professional’s organization of the Rochester City Ballet, offering opportunities to support RCB and network with other professionals who have an appreciation of the arts, in and around the Rochester area.

Harris Young Professionals Employee Resource Group

Mission: to attract, engage, and connect young professionals at Harris RFC through unique opportunities to develop personally and professionally.

Vision: to be Harris RFC’s resource for young professionals, to offer a valuable network to cultivate professional skills and personal experience, and connect with Harris and the Rochester community.

Heritage Christian Young Professionals

Heritage Christian Young Professionals is a group of like-minded individuals whose goal is to introduce a charitable focus into traditional setup of a young professionals group. We are a network of local professionals looking to expand our networks, give back to the Greater Rochester and Buffalo community, and contribute to the growth of one of New York’s leading agencies for people with developmental disabilities.

Junior Builders Exchange of Rochester

JBX prepares the next generation of construction leaders through relationship and team building with like-minded up and coming industry leaders. JBX members share problems, develop solutions, and work collaboratively through educational and social programs that cultivate their natural talents and leadership potential.  JBX’s calendar of events is designed to encourage JBX and Builders Exchange member interaction.

JYROC – Jewish Young Professionals of Rochester

Loose, informal, and above all unaffiliated, JYROC is a platform for the collaborative organization of simple, easy, comfortable social and cultural events, as well as a way for organizations in the Jewish community to reach out to this demographic.

An important goal of JYROC is to engage with our community, both Jewish and secular, and to explore, together, what the community has to offer.

Lollypop Farm Professionals

The Lollypop Professionals is a group made up of adults 21 years old and over who are interested improving the quality of life for the animals of Lollypop Farm and throughout the community. This will be done by volunteering our time, fundraising to help Lollypop Farm further their mission, and networking within the group and with like minded causes in Rochester and surrounding areas. We will strive to find creative and fun ways to engage the community and bring awareness to our cause.

Monroe County Young Democrats

The Monroe County Young Democrats, or MCYD, launched in 2011 to give left-leaning Rochesterians ages 18-35 a place to network, learn, and get involved. MCYD engages students and young professionals in the life of the Democratic Party, offering opportunities to gain insight on issues, campaigns, and elections; to forge friendships and build networks with young Democrats and Democratic elected officials; to make manifest the values of the Democratic Party by serving our community; and to participate in the political process at all levels. We are a service organization, a social organization, and an organization empowering the next generation of leaders.

NextGen Rochester

NextGen Rochester is a peer-led form of philanthropy. The members are the next generation of citizens who make “giving back” part of their lives through leadership, friendship, and philanthropy.

This group is comprised of a cross section of the community (typically age 21-45) who find value in grant-making to local charitable causes and addressing community needs. It is the intention of NextGen Rochester to not only build assets, but compassion, knowledge, and community engagement.

Each NextGen Rochester member contributes to a fund that makes grants to nonprofits selected by the members. By pooling their contributions together, emerging leaders are given a seat of influence in greater Rochester and are able to create an impact far greater than each could individually.

NYSSCPA – NextGen Committee

The mission of the Young CPAs Committee is to foster a dynamic, supportive network that provides Young CPAs and CPA candidates with the means to achieve success in their career challenges, create professional opportunities, develop professional relationships, and build a better profession.

PRSA Rochester Young PR Professionals

The Young PR Professionals (YPRP) Committee is an affinity group and part of the Rochester Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The group fosters collaboration with young and new professionals who have joined the communications career field. Professionals in the group can be ages 21-30 or have less than seven years of working experience in the field.

The group encourages young professionals to collaborate and engage in local community initiatives as well as networking with other professionals in the field. The group also engages with local community colleges, universities and high schools to serve as speakers, resources and/or mentors.

The group also provides opportunities for young professionals and students in the PR/marketing-communications field to develop valuable connections with seasoned professionals in the Rochester area via the PRSA Advisory Network, which is an online directory-based resource and networking group.

REAL for Planned Parenthood

In alignment with the Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York’s mission, REAL (Rising Educators, Ambassadors, and Leaders) empowers young professionals to build a new generation of Planned Parenthood supporters and advocates to spread the word about what Planned Parenthood is – and what it is not.

We believe in taking action to shape the future. We believe in the right of all people to explore new ideas, new connections and new solutions, no matter what.

RIT Young Professionals

RIT Young Professionals was established to support growth and involvement of RIT faculty and staff age 40 and younger. The group has grown organically to include over 200 faculty and staff

Rochester Black Young Professionals

An auxiliary group of the Urban League of Rochester, the Black Young Professionals’ (BYP) mission is to help secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. Our focus is on the development and economic empowerment and service for young professionals in the Rochester Area. Founded in 2012, BYP has made its presence known through community service events, socials and regularly supporting other worthy causes in the Greater Rochester Area.

Rochester Museum & Science Center – Catalyst Circle

The Rochester Museum & Science Center stimulates broad community interest and understanding of science and technology, and their impact—past, present, future—on our lives. Our Catalyst Circle engages young professionals to create networking/socializing and fundraising activities for that age group.

Rochester People’s Climate Coalition

Rochester People’s Climate Coalition is an inclusive, non-partisan network of organizations and individuals unified by our determination to identify and implement effective climate solutions. Our diverse supporters include business, faith, civic, labor, and environmental groups.

Rochester Young Professionals

Rochester Young Professionals is a group that coordinates, collaborates, and promotes events around Rochester that are social, volunteer, or informational in nature. Our board connects young Rochester with activities that will help to improve the careers, social lives, and character of our members.

RocHOPE (American Cancer Society)

RocHOPE PWP (Professionals with Purpose) strives to make a difference in our local community by supporting cancer awareness, research, and wellness initiatives.

United Way of Greater Rochester Emerging Leaders Society

The Emerging Leaders Society is made up of more than 400 of Rochester’s most inspiring, proactive leaders under the age of 40 who are dedicated to making a world of difference for our community. Together, these leaders invest nearly half a million dollars in the Greater Rochester community by making a generous gift of $500 or more each year (a fast track membership with incremental increases is available).

Join us and enjoy networking opportunities, volunteer opportunities and leadership development with other young professionals who are making an extraordinary commitment to their community. To join or for more information, email

Women’s Foundation Young Professionals

The mission of the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley is to promote economic self-sufficiency for women and girls through grant making and education.

The vision of The Women’s Foundation is to be one of the leading organizations in the greater Rochester area focused on women’s economic self-sufficiency, by:

  • Advocating for women and girls through fundraising, education,
    research and high-impact grant making
  • Partnering and collaborating with key institutions, agencies,
    foundations and corporations
  • Striving for excellence in all that we do
  • Delivering measurable results
  • Promoting greater social change and making a true difference in the
    lives of low income women

Xerox Young Professionals – NeXus

Young Professionals NeXus provides its members with a variety of events, services and activities. This includes:

  • Social and networking events
  • Volunteering opportunities to give back to the community
  • Forums, presenters and panels on personnel and professional development
  • Links to other Xerox and area groups
  • Access to an official mentoring program
  • Links to useful resources
  • A strong virtual community
  • A conduit for members to raise issues and concerns

Our mission is to create connections among young professionals within Xerox, provide networking opportunities with Xerox executives across the business, and welcome college new hires and interns to the Xerox community.

Young Lawyers Section of the Monroe County Bar Association

The MCBA Young Lawyers Section is open to lawyers who have been admitted ten or fewer years.  We host social and networking events to our members, organize continuing legal education and provide volunteer opportunities to our members.  We also seek to promote our members by nominating them for professional and community service awards.

Young Leaders @ University of Rochester

Young Leaders @ UR promotes University employees 40 years and younger to be valued and integrated into all aspects and levels of development of the University of Rochester.

Our mission:

  • To support the growth and development of University employees age 40 and younger.
  • To establish representation within the University community that will foster and strengthen workplace effectiveness and leadership abilities; enhance professional development and promote career growth and success within the University.
  • To strengthen the relationship of the UR and the Rochester community through community-based initiatives.

Young REALTORS Network

YRN is a member-driven organization that helps young real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved in four core areas: REALTOR® Associations; Real estate industry; Peers; and Community. YRN was launched as a way to help the younger generation of REALTORS® build a stronger link with the real estate industry in general.

Young Urban Preservationists

The YUPs are a group of youngish folks interested in preservation and community revitalization. We come from various walks of life and various professions—lawyers, planners, doctors, veterinarians, architects, writers, artists—but we all have one thing in common: we care about our communities and we believe our historic resources play an important role in any community’s revitalization.

What does “young” mean? Whatever you want it to! We’re targeting those oft-maligned by the media “millennials” (aged 20 to about 40) but, more importantly, we want to connect with like-minded people who are invested in their communities and are young at heart.

Partner Organizations:

RocCity Coalition’s Partners support our mission by providing opportunities and resources for young professionals, and recognize the benefit of engaging this demographic in their organizations.

Al Sigl Council

The Al Sigl Council is comprised of up and coming civic and business leaders that live or work within the Greater Rochester Area. We are committed to the ongoing success of Al Sigl Community of Agencies, a pioneer in advancing the inclusion of children and adults of all abilities through the collaboration of independent human services agencies.

The mission of the Al Sigl Council is threefold: promote awareness of Al Sigl Community and its Member Agencies – particularly among adults ages 21 to 45 within the Greater Rochester Area, provide volunteer service opportunities, and organize philanthropic initiatives and events. The Al Sigl Council will cultivate, inspire and empower a new generation of philanthropic leaders and supporters of Al Sigl Community of Agencies.

The Center for Youth Services

The Center for Youth provides comprehensive programs and services from prevention education to counseling to emergency shelter to youth development opportunities with respect for and full participation of youth. We deliver these services with the deep belief that young people, given information and support, want to and can make their own positive life choices.

Community Design Center of Rochester

The Community Design Center of Rochester (CDCR) is a non-profit organization of design professionals promoting healthy, sustainable communities by encouraging quality design of the built environment and thoughtful use of built and natural resources. We do this by providing technical assistance and access to educational and training opportunities that increase awareness about the built environment, the impact of design and the importance of good urban planning. By actively engaging through partnerships in city and regional initiatives that include guiding communities in creating vision plans and encouraging community involvement in planning and developing processes, CDCR plays a critical role as an advocate for good design in the Greater Rochester Region.

CURE Childhood Cancer Association

CURE CCA works towards improving the lives of children and their families coping with childhood cancer or chronic blood disorders by providing emotional, educational, social and financial assistance; promoting and funding research toward a cure.

Digital Rochester

Digital Rochester is a non-profit organization that focuses on bringing technology professionals together within the community. We support professional growth on an individual level, in the hopes that together we can encourage the growth of technology within the Rochester region.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

Rochester Business Alliance Rochester Business Alliance, the chamber of commerce, is the connection to the people, information, and expertise your business needs to grow.

International Sister Cities of Rochester

ISCOR’s mission is to benefit the Greater Rochester community and its sister cities around the world through the establishment and support of long-term, mutually advantageous partnerships.

Junior Achievement of Central Upstate New York

Junior Achievement is empowering young people to own their economic success. Our volunteer-based K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential.

National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House interprets the legacy of the great reformer to inspire and challenge individuals to make a positive difference in their lives and communities. We preserve and share the National Historic Landmark that was her home and headquarters, collect and exhibit artifacts related to her life and work, and offer tours and interpretive programs to share her story with the world.


RocGrowth was created to support the Rochester region’s active startup culture, hundreds of advanced growth businesses and a healthy local company scene. RocGrowth helps entrepreneurs quickly find the right resources to grow their Upstate businesses, whether it’s a Finger Lakes winery, a software startup or a rapidly growing clean tech company.

One of these resources is RocGrowth Candids, a speaker series featuring local founders sharing their personal stories and lessons learned on the path to building a successful company.

Rochester Children’s Scholarship Fund

The Rochester Children’s Scholarship Fund provides stipends and links to services for high achieving, low income RCSD high school students.


RochesterCares creates opportunities to make a difference in our community. We inspire and challenge everyone to be engaged in improving our community through volunteerism and civic engagement.