Young Professionals Group (YPG) is an organization of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, formed in 2014 to engage the next generation of Houston’s leaders in the literacy cause. YPG is a network of passionate professionals committed to changing lives through literacy. Members participate in networking and social events, serve in leadership roles, and volunteer in meaningful service activities that help make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and their families.

We invite you to join us in our mission to Read. Lead. Serve.

SIGNATURE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP ACTIVITIES

Mentor Program: In 2016, YPG implemented a mentor program in which YPG members get the opportunity to mentor young students at a Houston area elementary school. Members can serve once a week, once a month, or anywhere in between. For the 2018-2019 school year, YPG has partnered with Jefferson Elementary.

Jungle Book Gala: Each year, Young Professionals Group hosts the Jungle Book Gala. The fourth annual Jungle Book Gala will be held November 9, 2018 at the Revaire, a beautiful new venue located in the heart of Houston. This year's Honorary Chairs are 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros Manager A.J. and Erin Hinch, and co-chairs Amy & Kyle McCully and Morgan Stautzenberger & Cameron Stubbs. Proceeds from the 2018 Gala benefit the Foundation’s My Home Library and Camp Adventure! initiatives.

Read Aloud Month: National Read Aloud Month is held during March, and each year the YPG chooses a location to read aloud to local children. This event gives members an opportunity to interact with children and spread awareness of the importance of reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes. Each child then selects books to take home.

Tacky Sweater Party and Book Drive: YPG partners with Kids’ Meals, a local nonprofit providing free meals to children ages four and younger, to help build home libraries for children from economically disadvantaged households. Members dress in their tackiest holiday clothing to network and wrap donated books that are then given to children during a holiday celebration event hosted by Kids’ Meals.

To learn more or to become a member, please contact us at 346-212-2310.

 
 

ypg executive leadership team

 
 Left to right: Michael Perkins, Clark Fiedler, Carley Colton,  Grace Gosnell, Victoria Villarreal, Stephanie Wilson, Melissa McDaniel, Raquel Gonzalez. Second row, left to right: Chris Stockton, Hunter Hassebrock.

Left to right: Michael Perkins, Clark Fiedler, Carley Colton,  Grace Gosnell, Victoria Villarreal, Stephanie Wilson, Melissa McDaniel, Raquel Gonzalez.
Second row, left to right: Chris Stockton, Hunter Hassebrock.

 

Victoria Villarreal - Chair

Hunter Hassebrock – Co-Membership Chair

Heather Duval – Co-Membership Chair

Carley Colton - Co-Service Chair

Clark Fiedler - Co-Service Chair

Michael Perkins - Social Chair

Grace Gosnell - Partnerships Chair

Melissa McDaniel - Communications Chair