Mingle business & pleasure with Houston’s top 10 young professional organizations

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Urban Green | Photo courtesy of the Hermann Park Conservancy

Pick your passion and join the city’s emerging leaders with our list of top 10 young professional organizations in Houston.

From helping children to conserving the environment to supporting the arts, Houston-area young professionals are positively impacting the community and having a ball while doing it.

Literally, from hosting balls and galas to networking happy hours to targeted volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of ways for any and everyone to get involved and play their part with our list below.

Top 10 Young Professional Organizations in Houston

  • The Flock – Find your wild side at the Houston Zoo’s donor club for young professionals. Perfect for animal lovers, this organization has access to special zoo volunteer opportunities and dues directly support animal care and wildlife conservation. Membership benefits include invitations to zoo cocktail parties and the Beastly Brunch as well as free zoo admission and discounted tickets to the Feast With The Beasts. Annual membership starts at $150.
  • Houston Literacy Foundation Young Professionals Group – The Barbara Bush YPG, or Young Professionals Group, was founded in 2014 and promotes literacy across the Greater Houston Area. Networking, social, and volunteer opportunities connect like-minded individuals as they enrich the lives of others through education. Membership benefits include complimentary social and volunteer events, a commemorative t-shirt, and discounted tickets to the Annual Jungle Book Gala. Annual dues are $25.
  • Urban Green – Help conserve Hermann Park in the Museum District while networking with environmentally friendly individuals. Urban Green offers a variety of opportunities to volunteer and socialize at events like the annual Hermann Park gala, Evening In The Park. Membership benefits include discounted tickets to park events and exclusive volunteer opportunities. Annual membership starts at $50.
  • Casa de Esparanza de Los Ninos Young Professionals – Improve the lives of children in crisis while networking and socializing with peers. Casa de Esperanza provides housing and care to children suffering from abuse, neglect, and HIV. Membership benefits include hands-on volunteer opportunities and discounted admission to events such as the Annual Chili Cook-off and the Building Hope Gala. Annual membership is $50 and lifetime membership is a one-time cost of $100.
  • Friends of DePelchin – Focusing on mental health, foster care, and adoption, the DePelchin Children’s Center provides support for at-risk youths as well as parent education programs. In addition to special volunteer opportunities, the young professionals also host multiple fundraising happy hours and an Annual Cinco De Mayo Fiesta. Annual membership is $35.
  • Women of Wardrobe – Dress For Success Houston’s young professional organization improves the lives of local women by providing career development opportunities and interview training. Members enjoy free admission to all WOW events including the annual Summer Soiree and Spring Fling. Annual membership starts at $100 and will provide a new suit for a disadvantaged woman.
  • Young Texans Against Cancer Raise awareness and support local research with the YTAC. With chapters in four cities across the state, YTAC offers many ways to get involved. For more than ten years one of the largest annual events is the Crawl for Cancer in Midtown. Other events include happy hours and the Fall Invitational Golf Tournament.
  • f.r.e.s.h. Young Professionals – Fight hunger with the Houston Food Bank’s young professional organization. Food drives and “Helpie Hours” as well as socials events like the Mardi Gras gumbo cook-off provide networking and philanthropy opportunities within the Houston community. Annual membership is $50.
  • RedBuds – Plant some roots with the RedBuds young professionals. Improving the urban areas of Houston since 2001, the Trees For Houston group meet multiple times throughout the year for community service and networking opportunities. Benefits include free social events like happy hours and their annual Kentucky Derby party as well as discounted tickets to all Trees For Houston events, RedBuds’ parent organization. Annual membership is $50.
  • SCENE – Support the Houston art community with Alley Theatre’s young professionals organization. Unique volunteer and networking opportunities are available to members as well as discounted tickets to all Friday night performances. Members receive exclusive invitations to actor meet-and-greets, post-performance receptions, and the Alley Ball Late Night Party. Annual dues are $75.
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The Flock | Courtesy of the Houston Zoo
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Megan O'Malley covers Houston area nonprofits and select events and helps manage social media for 365 Houston. She grew up in Galveston and graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in public relations and event planning, She recently relocated to Houston and has enthusiastically embraced all the city has to offer. Megan is an animal lover, passionate about special events and loves spending time outdoors and giving back to the community.