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Hays Area Young Professionals 

About Us

The mission of Hays Area Young Professionals is to promote the development, recruitment and retention of young professionals in the Hays area; to build a bond between the business community and young professionals; and to help make the Hays area the best place to live, serve, work, and play. To learn more, view the About HAYP guide.

Who we are

We are the determined, energetic, charismatic hard-workers you want on your team. We are a team of go-getters driven by a desire to make great things happen in the Hays area. We are inspired by the wants and needs of the community, and we are here to make a difference.  Individuals between the ages of 21-40, seeking to expand their business and professional contacts, interested in giving back to the Hays community, looking to meet new people socially, or those just willing to have a little fun!


The HAYP organization is an arm of the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce.  Guidance for this group is provided by the Advisory Council which is pictured above.  In addition to the Advisory Council there are four committees that assist with keeping our group busy and moving forward.  Those committees are as follows;


  • Civic & Volunteer Committee
  • Leadership & Personal Development Committee
  • Networking & Social Committee

We are always looking for new committee members to help with events and generate new ideas. Contact the Chamber at  hayscc@discoverhays.com for more information.

Goals of HAYP

  • Promote and reflect community enthusiasm
  • Provide opportunities for social and business networking
  • Help establish the next generation of leaders in the Hays area
  • Offer ways for HAYPs to volunteer and give back to the community

YP? Y not?

Hear directly from a few of our members why they chose Hays Area Young Professionals.

Requirements to be an HAYP Member

At this time the HAYP organization does not have any specific requirements or stipulations other than paying your annual dues. The level of participation is up to each individual HAYP member. When participating in HAYP committees, events and activities we ask that you respect our code of commitment.

Code of Commitment
  • To be present (in person or electronically).
  • To provide my service, enthusiasm, and skills.
  • To participate in meetings, events and activities.
  • To respond to communication as needed.
  • To meet deadlines for RSVPs on social events and other activities.

Benefits to Employers

HAYP is a great way to attract and retain young professionals for a stronger economy.It's an opportunity to save recruiting costs – the networks of your best and brightest employees are your most valuable referral source. HAYP can help educate your employees in areas such as leadership, community and economic development, and building their network of contacts.

For a full listing of benefits, view the Benefits to Employers Guide.

Want to join?  Have more questions?

For information about HAYP member fees and incentives and to join view the listed documents below. Applications may be returned to the Hays Area Chamber at 2700 Vine Street, Hays, KS 67601 or emailed to hayscc@discoverhays.com.

Visit the 'Calendar of Events' page on this website and follow us on Facebook  for current updates! 

Show your spirit!

To order your HAYP shirt, please submit this form with payment to the Hays Area Chamber office by May 23rd. For questions, call the office at 785-628-8201.


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