SKANEATELES | Between commuting out of town for jobs, entertainment or school, Glenna Price says young professionals are almost invisible around town.
"It's my mission to change that," she said. "We're going to be visible soon."
The 23-year-old is launching the Skaneateles Young Leaders Organization, known as SKYLO. Two months after approaching Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sue Dove about the idea, the group had its kickoff event. The group hosted a wine tasting at Anyela's Vineyards on Thursday to introduce itself to the community while giving young professionals the chance to mingle.
SKYLO aims to bring together people early in their careers to provide networking opportunities, the chance for people to get involved in the community and a path to make new friends and connections.
She recalled an IGNITE event when she heard someone say the group was a godsend because it provided him with opportunities to meet people after he moved to the area.
The budding group welcomes anyone, with no restrictions on age, careers or place of residence. In fact, they hope to have a diversity of participants.
Leaders of Auburn's IGNITE and 40 Below in Syracuse have lent their advice and expertise to the start-up, and offered to partner with the budding group.
"I think that says a lot about central New York," Price said. She hopes SKYLO will harbor that goodwill and sense of community support.
Many people try to help those around them who are similar to them, so it makes sense that young professionals will support and help their counterparts throughout the region, she said.
"Networking is a huge part of this," she said. But not everyone has to have already started on their career path.
"This will help people get in the professional mindset," she said.
This group may be a springboard for members to dive into philanthropy, local politics and other community organizations.
"We building up the community. Young professionals are part of the foundation of the community. If you ignore that group, they will leave and the town dies," she said.