Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

Young Professionals Group

Committee Chair: Anjelica Sasse
YPG Manager: Luke Mickelson

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Our Mission

The Young Professionals Group is committed to the advancement of the 21 to 40 year-old workforce, focusing on the development of future business leaders. The group accomplishes this by promoting professional development, networking, community involvement and civic awareness.

The YPG began with an explosive launch in March 2007 with a simple agenda: “To enrich our community by uniting and developing our young professionals.” We invite you to help build upon the momentum by joining this dynamic group.

Our Vision

A young Professional is a goal-oriented individual between the ages of 21-40 with the mindset to pursue a career path. It is not so much the job or vocation that defines the Young Professional as it is the individual’s drive and investment in his or her own future, and in turn, the future of the Black Hills community.

Join YPG!  There is a $80 annual membership fee for the period from January 1 through December 31 of each year. YPG members can attend YPG monthly Socials for free as long as they RSVP, and also receive regular monthly e-mail communications with event announcements, updates and articles. 

Fill out the YPG Membership Form and e-mail it to ypg@rapidcitychamber.com

Get involved through a YPG Subcommittee

The YPG is made up of four subcommittees:  Community Involvement, Events, Membership, and the Legacy Endowment Fund.  YPG members can get more involved by serving on one of these subcommittees.  If you are interested, please review the subcommittees below and contact the chair of that subcommittee, or email Luke, or call (605) 718-8479. Subcommittee Meeting times are listed below, but may be subject to change.

Community Involvement

This subcommittee manages and organizes all YPG volunteer efforts.   In addition, we actually find projects to do while we are meeting! Contact Adam Prudich for more information.


This committee plans and executes networking events for YPG.   We set up event venues, themes and drawing prizes for socials.  Our goal is to engage members and potential members in a welcoming after-work hours atmosphere, where young professionals can socialize and network. Contact Jake Sasse for more information.  


The Membership Committee strives to warmly welcome new members, strengthen connections with current members, and effectively grow our membership with driven young professionals in our community. Contact Jacob Hamik for more information.

Professional Development

This committee provides and executes ways to cultivate professionalism. Our goal is to increase the value and accessibility of professional development information to YPG members. Contact Erin Jarvis for more information.

YPG Legacy Endowment

In 2014, RC YPG established its very own YPG Endowment Fund, dedicated to fostering the health of the community through programs that support food, clothing, shelter or education. Contributions can be directed to BHACF/RCCC Young Professionals Group Endowment Fund, PO Box 231, Rapid City, SD  57709, or follow this link to donate now (use the drop down menu to click on Young Professionals Group Endowment). Contributions are deductible to the maximum extent allowable for federal income tax purposes.  

YPG Steering Committee

Chairperson: Anjelica Sasse, VRC Metal Systems 
Vice Chair: Josh Farley, Kilowatt Electric 
Treasurer:  Erin Jarvis, Minervas Restaurant and Bar
Past Chair: Kelli Kabrud, Ketel Thorstenson

YPG Subcommittees

Community Involvement Co-Chair:  Adam Prudich, Black Hills Energy
Events Chair:  Jake Sasse, Western Dakota Insurors
Membership Chair:  Jake Hamik, Black Hills State University - Rapid City
Professional Development Chair:  Erin Jarvis, Minervas Restaurant and Bar
YPG Legacy Endowment Fund Committee: Past YPG Steering Committee Members

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Community Events

June 6

2020 Rapid City Polar Plunge

When:  9:00am / Black Hills Harley-Davidson

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June 20

Wild Deadwood Reads Book Fair

When:  10:00am / Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood, SD

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June 26

Living Proof Live

When:  5:30pm / Civic Center

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