Two thousand sixteen is a banner year for the Boise Young Professionals (BYP) organization. Ten years ago, its founders saw an opportunity to collaborate with peers and the community, and designed an organization that would connect, empower, and engage young professionals of the Treasure Valley. Since then, their website states, BYP has become an asset to the Treasure Valley, with members growing through professional development, civic engagement, and networking opportunities. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, the group is in the midst of BYP|10, a celebration with events scheduled every month from January through October, each designed to empower existing BYP members, engage new young professionals, and position BYP as a group of young thought leaders.
CTA is a proud program sponsor of BYP|10. The February event, “Leap: Explore Entrepreneurship,” was hosted at CTA’s office in the Zions Bank Building in downtown Boise, and the CTA Boise team will remain involved in each of the next seven activities. March’s event, “Serve: Make a Difference,” saw local musicians, organizers of Treefort Music Fest (which kicked off last night), and BYP members teaming up to build 15 bunk beds for children in need through Sleep In Heavenly Peace, a Kimberly, Idaho nonprofit. CTA mechanical engineering intern Amber Salcedo participated in the event, saying afterward, “It was hard work, but really rewarding to see the output of our efforts. It’s great to know these beds will be immediately put to use by families who really need them.”
Eight CTA Boise team members are currently affiliated with BYP — including architect Josh Hersel, who is serving as a 2016 board member, and Josh Shiverick, who heads up the B|Wise program. CTA principal/architect Tim Miller also served as a professional mentor for BYP in 2015. “This is a great organization,” Hersel said recently. “BYP simultaneously helps with career advancement and professional socialization while providing members with opportunities to serve the community they live and work in.”