The new Young Professionals of Pratt hope to attract more young professionals to Pratt with a network of information.

The future of any community depends on growth and bringing young people into the area to maintain the vitality of that community.

Attracting more young people to Pratt and giving them more to do is part of the goal of the new Young Professionals of Pratt, said YPP President Scott Goodheart.

As a kickoff for the organization, a mixer on May 30 brought the YPP organizers, local business owners and various young professionals together to learn about YPP and how the organization can be beneficial to the community.

There is definitely interest in the organization. Some 47 names were on the mixer list and of those, there were 31 that expressed a desire to join, Goodheart said.

Employers were interested in the group to see what they have to offer that could help drew more young employees to Pratt.

A goal for YPP is to create a network of information that shows all the re- sources available in Pratt and promote them. Starting with just a half dozen in the group, interest is already growing in what YPP can provide for the community and for young professionals.

“There’s a buzz around town,” Strongheart said. “We hope this will raise awareness in getting something to do for young people.”

Goodheart said he was talking with someone about all the events and activities in Pratt and they said they had no idea all that went on. He hopes YPP will help raise awareness in young people that there are things to do in Pratt. They want to promote all the resources in the area.

“I think there is a huge need for YPP in the community,” Goodheart said. When businesses try to get young people to come to Pratt, having activities to do helps draw those potential employees to Pratt. And that is part of what YPP wants to do. They want to help provide more activities for young people in the community.

The response to YPP has been very positive from the business community that has shown a strong interest in the group.

“We’ve been very thankful for businesses and employers. We’ve had good feedback from them,” Strongheart said.

Eventually, YPP will be sponsoring events in the community but for now, they are busy getting the organization off the ground.

Another YPP event is scheduled for Monday, July 16 at the Club D’est. Social time starts at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation at 6p.m. by Dakota Holtgrieve on investments and retirements. The event is for current and potential members. Goodheart said he wants a good quality group of people that will help make YPP a success.

To find out more about the group, visit YPPKansas on Facebook. The core YPP group is Scott and Carrie Goodheart, Nadia Reimer, Weston and Cassie Goyen and Brian Moore.

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