Yet there is still a gap for a broader platform for the Ethiopian diaspora across all professions to connect, share experiences, learn from one another, share valuable resources and pursue community development initiatives.
Here is where Young Ethiopian Professionals (YEP) comes in. YEP was created in 2009 to fill this gap by bringing the Ethiopian diaspora in one networking shell and creating opportunities that makes it easy to have access to each other. Since YEP came into existence, it has taken a number of steps to fill the gap that existed between aspiring mentors and young professionals, among professionals in different fields, and between professionals and new comers, the business society, and the larger Ethiopian community.
First, YEP has created a successful networking platform among diverse professionals of the diaspora in the Washington metropolitan area. In the past year and half, YEP has organized over 20 events, which include inviting successful Ethiopians from diverse background as guest speakers who could be models to aspiring professionals, facilitating panel discussions, sharing resources, and organized learning excursions and recreational events. Second, YEP has collaborated with established groups and organizations to strengthen each other’s work and connect our members who seek to participate in volunteering and a variety of community initiatives with these groups and organizations. Third, YEP has engaged its members through social media such as meetup, Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and YEP’s website.
The next step is to expand YEP’s networking platform beyond the Washington metropolitan area. Once we are able to effectively mobilize our community to take advantage of its resources, YEP envisions a community that fosters success and growth to ultimately support Ethiopians whether they live abroad or in Ethiopia.
We are determined to create a community with the strongest possible networking platform that helps us to be visible as a people abroad and also as a community that makes a substantive difference to our people back home. That’s our vision and we invite you to join us. YEP, Let’s Do it Together!
Founder and President of YEP