Rethinking “Young Professional”

My friend Jackie has a compelling post about the term “young professional” or “YP,” for short, as it relates to Cincinnati. I typically read her blog often but have been busy lately and just am getting around to reading some of the older posts, including the post in question.

The post addresses this whole YP thing, how it might actually be named incorrectly, thus forcing our collective selves down a path we don’t want. Instead of inclusiveness, it might actually foster exclusivity. That is not we need as we build a town for everyone, for all of Cincinnati and to keep and attract all sorts of young people. In fact, Jackie has taken to calling this group of people “all sorts” instead.

The comments on this post are interesting. People have strong opinions about this. I tend to agree with Jackie. And this is not to knock anything going on already. We have Mayor Mark Mallory’s YP Kitchen Cabinet, we have and YP This and YP That. All of them, in and of themselves, are great, wonderful ideas.

But maybe we ought to think this over. It’s time to self-examine and figure how we can bring more people into the fold and make it more about bringing up the whole community of young people interested in being active in their community. I think the time is right…maybe a feeling in the air. I bet others feel it, too?

Will others be open to this idea or will they circle the wagons?

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

1 thought on “Rethinking “Young Professional””

  1. Just to clarify, the “all sorts” thing isn’t a label (I’m not a label person, as I explain in the comments on my post). I took it from the British saying “It takes all sorts,” which is usually muttered when someone considered weird or out of the ordinary is mentioned. It does take all sorts to make great things happen, which is why I picked that for the blog.

    Thanks for adding your two cents, Joe!

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