Shape the Cape

The Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP) was founded in order to give a place and a voice to a younger demographic on Cape Cod. That group consists of young families, teachers, professionals, tradespeople, and entrepreneurs – essentially anyone who has a stake in the sustainability of the population of Cape Cod (regardless of age).

“CCYP connects Cape Cod’s emerging leaders, engages them in the community, and supports
their efforts to advance, personally and professionally.” In order to carry out this mission, CCYP must understand why from 2000 to 2010, 26 percent of Cape Cod residents between the ages 25- 44 left for other areas of the country, and help craft a plan to address the reasons why this has happened.

For this reason, CCYP recently partnered with Northeastern University to launch a new project called ‘Shape the Cape’ – an initiative that will uncover the reasons why the 25-44 demographic group stays, why they leave, and how to build community-wide solutions to retain and recruit a diverse workforce to the Cape, ensure healthy and vibrant communities and increase civic engagement for the betterment of the future of Cape Cod.   There are many ways to get involved with Shape the Cape – check them out!

CCYP offers a plenty of ways to become better connected with the community of people who care about keeping the Cape vibrant, including monthly networking happy hours and two notable annual fundraising events happening this month.

Riders for various teams raise money ahead of the 22nd Annual Last Gasp to benefit their charities, and all will cycle down Route 6A from Sandwich to Provincetown, followed an hour long Cape Cod Bay cruise aboard a Dolphin Fleet ferry boat, and a traditional Cape Cod clambake.

This highly anticipated event promises to be a fun time for riders and spectators alike – and by riding for or supporting CCYP’s team, you will raise money for CCYP’s Career Connect Program, which creates local opportunities for local young professionals to ensure we keep people, their jobs, and their families on Cape Cod. To date, CCYP has awarded almost $40,000 to adult students who are returning to school, training in a new profession, or taking courses to develop their professional life on Cape Cod.

You also won’t want to miss the Cape’s biggest, most entertaining networking event: the 7th annual Back to Business Bash at Rectrix Aerodome in Hyannis. Attracting more than 700 people from all over the Cape across every industry and demographic group, the Bash offers the chance to meet business people and community members, sample food from local restaurants, and enjoy a Cape Cod Beer while having a great time.

In addition to awesome entertainment, this year’s event features an exciting raffle and new silent auction that also benefits the Career Connect program – you won’t want to miss the opportunity to bid on items, events and experiences donated by local businesses in support of keeping our talentlocal. Buy tickets in advance online or at the door.

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