Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of events do you have?
Huntsville Young Professionals provides a variety of events: networking, community involvement, professional development, and social opportunities. 

Do I have to pay to be a member of HYP?
No. There are no membership costs. Some events do have a cost associated with them, however.

One of our Special Interest events: Dodgeball at Retro Winter Games

Who can attend?
Our events are geared towards young professionals aged 21-40 that live in the Huntsville/ Madison community that support a variety of professions. 

I'm new in town. Can I come to your events by myself?
Absolutely!  Don't be intimidated.  HYP is all about meeting connecting people to each other and to the community. Our events are a great way to meet new people. We have board members at every event who will make sure that you feel welcome. Click here to see all our board members and look for them at our next event.

Who exactly is a "member" of HYP?

We do not have an official membership list. The mission of HYP is to promote an environment that attracts and retains young professionals in the Huntsville/Madison area. A YP is an individual between the ages of 21 and 40. The organization provides networking opportunities, member-directed educational programs and community service opportunities to YPs.  We do have volunteer-led board of directors. 

How much do your events cost?
Each event is different. Most are free. Some have a minimal cost to cover expenses. Our event listings breakdown the date, time, location, any costs, items you need to bring, a short description, and provide a HYP contact for your questions. 

Can you help me find a job?
HYP is not an employment agency. However, it may be beneficial for you to come to our events and introduce yourself to the attendees who may include business owners, directors, and HR reps. You never know who you'll meet!

We are a local business. Can you help us find employees?
HYP hosts numerous events which are attended by several young professionals who may be your target audience. Ask us how you can get more exposure for your company at our events!

How do I get more involved?

Along with attending our events, you could consider joining a committee with HYP by dropping us an email or talking with a Board member.

How do you chose new Board members?
We take suggestions from the current board and advisers to HYP. For the 2014 - 2015, the application and interview process will be during the months of March and April with new Board members elected at the April meeting.  To learn more about the expectations of serving on the Board, review the mission statement and by-laws

How do you chose locations for your events?
Locations are sometimes chosen based on logistics, but many times just by the initiative of the event planner. Have an idea? Drop us a line. We LOVE to get ideas and feedback from the people that attend our events.

If HYP doesn't have membership dues, how does it cover operation fees?
HYP is a non-profit organization that is managed by a volunteer board of YPs.  We do not charge  membership fees, and the majority of our events are free. On the occasion that we do charge our members for an event, it is used to cover the cost of running an event.  Any excess is spent on organizational costs such as insurance, maintaining a website, maintaining an email distribution list, name tags, etc.  Our primary fundraiser is a joint Halloween party with The Land Trust of North Alabama called The Haunt. 

We are always looking for potential business partners wishing to sponsor an event. 
 

Is there a way to advertise an event that I'm planning to HYP's members?
Yes! Just submit your event.

I am involved with a charity that I think HYP could help. How do I pitch my idea to HYP?
Drop us a line; we would love to help in anyway we can.

I have a business opportunity that HYP may be interested in pursuing. Who do I contact?
AWESOME! Drop us a line.

How can I get involved in planning and scheduling HYP events?
We try to offer a variety of events, and we like to host them at different locations and times so that we can reach as many YP's as possible. If our schedules have not matched up yet, keep checking back! One day, I'm sure they will. Or, if they don't, we suggest getting involved in a committee so you can help plan the events!

Do I have to be 21 or older to attend an event?
It all depends on the event. Check the details of the event you would like to attend or drop us a line if you have a specific event that may be in question.

Have a question not listed here? Let us know! Submit your HYP Question.