Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP) – a nonprofit that works to connect, engage, and advance Cape Cod’s young workforce and future leaders – hosted its 13th Annual Community Breakfast event on Wednesday, November 14 at the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Harwich, a first-time venue for the annual event. The Community Breakfast was presented with generous sponsorship support from Cape Cod Five.

CCYP was pleased to present a special Guest Speaker for this year’s Community Breakfast, Artistic Director & Conductor for the Cape Symphony, Jung-Ho Pak. Jung-Ho’s speech “How to Change the World” Connecting with Everyone” touched on one of CCYP’s key pillars – connection – and its importance to our community, and left event attendees inspired to consider why they do what they do. Jung-Ho spoke on how connection is crucial in all aspects of life and emphasized to attendees that passion is key in finding your purpose in our ever-changing world. For the first time ever, CCYP named “Outstanding Volunteers” for the year through a series of special awards during the Community Breakfast.

All recipients showed a willingness to go above and beyond in their volunteer roles throughout the year, and dedicated significant time toward furthering the goals of CCYP, its programs, and events. The recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Awards are: Whitney McNamara, for work with CCYP’s Connect Events Committee Sara Kohls, for work as Chair of the 2018 Shape Your Cape Summit Sarah Lapsley, for work as Beverage Coordinator for the 2018 Back to Business Bash Nicole Valverde, for work as Volunteer Coordinator for the 2018 Back to Business Bash Catheren Andrade, for work as Restaurant Coordinator for the 2018 Back to Business Bash The 13th Annual Community Breakfast also featured recognition of CCYP’s 2018 Career Connect Scholarship recipient, Kelly Medeiros, who received a $2,500 scholarship to further her education in environmental science and management, and advance her career on Cape Cod with the National Seashore.

Additionally, CCYP announced the organization’s 2018 Giving Circle Grant recipients. CCYP’s Giving Circle Grant Program makes use of donations received through its collective giving program, the Giving Circle, to support creative projects and programs that improve quality of life and career opportunity for young workers on Cape Cod. This year, CCYP, in partnership with the Cape Cod Foundation, awarded $10,000 to six organizations Cape Cod nonprofits for projects focused on housing and childcare. The funded projects and amounts are as follows:

Cape Cod Child Development, $1,000 for translation services to translate preschool, family child care, and school age program documents and online applications into both Spanish and Portuguese;

Cape Cod Children’s Place, $2,000 to provide scholarships for working families to afford childcare;

Community Development Partnership, $2,000 to support the Community Housing Partnership, a community-based strategy to build municipal capacity and public support for affordable housing, and provide outreach to educate the public on affordable housing options on Cape Cod;

Housing Assistance Corporation, $2,000 to support the new Rental Conversion Program, which seeks to incentivize second homeowners on Cape Cod to convert their homes into year round rentals;

Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, $1,000 for the “Tyke Hikes“ program, an outdoor engagement program that seeks to connect caregivers and families while providing natural science education;

YMCA Cape Cod, $2,000 to support the childcare program located at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, which is designed to offer affordable childcare to children of families living in Cape Cod Tech’s twelve-town district.

About Cape Cod Young Professionals, Inc. (CCYP) CCYP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2005 with the goal of providing networking and professional development opportunities for young professionals on Cape Cod. CCYP’s mission is to connect, engage, and advance the next generation of Cape Cod’s workforce and community leaders. For more information about CCYP, visit www.capecodyoungprofessionals.org