The mission of the Young Professionals of Durango (YPOD) is to "connect, empower and engage" young professionals, ages 21-39, by providing educational, social, and philanthropic activities that include community and civic involvement to help actively shape the future of Durango.
Benefits of being a member of the Young Professionals of Durango include:
Mentorship opportunities with Chamber members, Durango Diplomats, and Leadership La Plata Alumni
Networking opportunities with like-minded young professionals
24 hour advance access to registration for events
Free admission to business tours
Reduced admission to workshops
Refer a friend/coworker to sign up as a YPOD member and you'll both receive a free pass to Business After Hours
Reduced fee for rec sports
Professional development opportunities
Community involvement opportunities
Get involved in YPOD committees:
Event & Membership Committee: Are you new to Durango? Are you simply looking to meet new people and grow your existing network? We would love to welcome you to our diverse group of young professionals and help you deepen roots within the Durango community.
Each month presents new opportunities and new ways to interact with fellow YPOD and community members alike. Our Leaders after Hours and business tours facilitate networking and learning from Durango’s vibrant local leadership. We seek a variety of speakers and business models to appeal to varied interests as well as connect young professionals with established leadership and businesses in town.
Social Committee: We love to create fun, engaging social gatherings to promote connecting and interaction amongst the group. Many of our socials are open to non-members, so please feel free to join in while you are deciding if YPOD is a good fit for you. Whether happy hour gatherings, outdoor excursions or rec sports -- think volleyball, kickball, and more -- if you prefer a casual setting, this is a great place to jump in!
Philanthropic Committee: As involved young professionals, giving back to our community is essential in leaving a lasting impact. This is our chance to make a difference in various reaches of the community, such as outdoor space revitalization, youth engagement, food drives, etc. If this is an area you are passionate about, please share your ideas on additional ways in which we can serve our community.