Young Professionals

The purpose of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga Young Professionals Association is to cultivate people in a way that inspires leadership, personal and professional growth, encourages civic engagement and promotes community involvement so that we effectively impact our region.

BE the Movement. Join YP.

The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga Young Professionals (ULGCYP) is a volunteer auxiliary of the Urban League that targets young professionals ages 21-40 to empower their communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement. ULGCYP’s mission is to support the Urban League Movement through our volunteerism, philanthropy and membership development.

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YP Officers

Roland McIntyre


Napierra Alexander

Vice President

Rakesha McIntyre


Jasmine Reynolds


Charlye White

Membership Chair

Leanne Jones

Policy & Procedures Chair

Erica Richardson

Social & Cultural Development

Bethany Gardner-Grant

Economic Empowerment & Development 

Erin Stephens

Professional & Personal Development

Micah Chapman

Civic Engagement & Community Advocacy 

Young Professionals News & Events

Stay up to date on the latest with YP.

Steam Camp 2024

In partnership with UTC's College of Arts and Sciences, the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga is excited to announce its annual, week-long STEAM day camp from July 15th through July 19th. Participants will engage in problem-solving activities using science,...

Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a program that provides practical job training to seniors aged 55 or older who are low-income, unemployed, or underemployed. The program equips seniors with the necessary skills and expertise to successfully...

Statement from the Urban League’s Board of Directors

As we reflect on a full couple of months regarding this ARPA situation, we are grateful to our ULGC board for their leadership, continued support, and affirmation of our team’s work - and our president and CEO’s direction. We look forward to inviting the public to our...

41st Annual Equal Opportunity Day

41st Annual Equal Opportunity Day We held our 41st annual Equal Opportunity Day Thursday morning at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The award recipients include the following: Inclusion by Design Award City of Chattanooga Community Impact Award The University...

Annual Report 2023

Urban League of Greater Chattanooga releases Annual Report 2023 Read more here: Annual Report

ULGC & Sankofa demand that ARPA funds be restored immediately & calls out open meeting violations

The Hamilton County Commission voted on Wednesday, November 15th, to remove more than one million dollars in funding voted on and approved for ULGC and Sankofa, respectively, to advance their organizational missions as approved by the county commission. The funds were...

Join our Digital Community

Urban League of Greater Chattanooga is proud to share our online community. Chattanooga Businesses are invited to join the Online Community Hub and list their business on their MinorityBiz Navigator & Directory. We are so excited to celebrate our diverse business...

2023 Youth Leadership Summit

Urban League Project Ready students place second in national competition CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (July 27, 2023) – Hamilton County students participating in the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga’s (ULGC) Project Ready program won second place during the case competition...

The President’s Circle

The President’s Circle aims to change lives and communities through high-level, individual philanthropic leaders focused on equity investments to help fulfill the mission of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga. Founded in December 2021, under Urban League of...

“I love YP because it not only gives me opportunities to network with other young professionals, but I am able to create events for members of the community.  I enjoy working with my board members to curate events where young professionals and members of the community can have a good time but also leave with information that can help them begin to transform their lives.”

– Erin Stephens, YP Participant

“Growing up in Atlanta, I saw how The Urban League was dedicated to uplifting and empowering minority communities. As a young professional, I make it my duty to serve in any capacity to make sure my community and people can receive the same empowerment and economic sustainability. Young Professionals is an auxiliary that allows me to serve my community while connecting with other professionals & entrepreneurs like myself. YP creates spaces for minorities to thrive, and I want to be a part of that.”

– Napierra Alexander, YP Participant

“YP has allowed me to utilize one of my core values which is service before self. While I have definitely benefited from the business relationship side. I have been truly fulfilled by the culture of economic empowerment, community service, and social relationships.

– Roland McIntyre, YP President

“I chose to lead as a Young Professional because I am deeply committed to promoting civic participation and advocating for underrepresented communities. My aim is to mobilize young professionals, develop strategic initiatives, and collaborate with stakeholders to address social issues and create lasting change.

– Micah Chapman, YP Participant