Networking for Professionals

Pittsburg Area Young Professionals is designed to engage an emerging group of leaders committed to personal growth and career development while serving Pittsburg and the surrounding area.

Professional People Networking

Professional People

The Pittsburg Area Young Professionals are open to employees, business owners, entrepreneurs and any others between the ages of 21-55, who want to expand their professional growth, meet new people and enhance the community through their volunteer efforts.

Dr. Katie Painter
"I returned to SE Kansas as a young professional after being gone for over 20 years. While it very much felt like moving home, I quickly realized that I didn’t really know anyone anymore. Joining PAYP was the best decision for me to meet and connect with people in the community. I love the events and social aspect but also have a passion for service, so for me PAYP is the best of both worlds."

Dr. Katie Painter

Kannarr Eye Care
Matt O'Malley
I joined YP to take part in more volunteer opportunities and develop relationships with the organizations that improve our communities.

Matt O'Malley

Live Well Crawford County
Chelsea Smith
Joining PAYP was a no brainer! It’s a great way to meet new people around my age and with the same passion for community involvement. From volunteering to after work drinks; PAYP always gives you something to do!

Chelsea Smith

Haley Pryor
PAYP stood out as an active organization with a clear goal to give back to the community. It was exactly what I was looking for and I couldn’t say no. I have met so many great people through this organization, and I always look forward to meeting new members. The accomplishments of our organization are impactful in our own neighborhoods and I cherish that aspect.

Haley Pryor

Leasing Analyst, NPC

Community Service

We are proud to give back to our community through a variety of community service projects, including the YouthFriends program, canned food drive, and providing help for local events sponsored by the community businesses.


Progressive Products
Kannarr Eye Care
LimeLight Marketing
Riggs Chiropractic
Honey Does
Bekah Harlan Shelter Insurance
AZZ Enclosure Systems
Kansas Crossing Casino + Hotel
City of Pittsburg
Vietti Auto
Eagle Beverage
Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative