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Who we are

Whether you want to make new friends, learn from others in the same stage of life or experience more of what the Auburn-Opelika area has to offer, we're your starting point.


Opelika Young Professionals strives to unite our community by providing unique and creative opportunities to connect and grow together!

You make the connections happen; we're just here to put the hold on your calendar! If you are between the ages of 21-45 years we hope you consider joining OYP!

Annual membership


Membership is open to all individuals, aged 21-45, who live, work, or play in the Opelika area. Benefits include:

  • Member rate for all Opelika Young Professionals events
  • Directory Listing with access to member portal
  • Opportunity to plug into any of our 5 crews

Get involved

Becoming a member of OYP is simple!


Complete our new member form - it's quick and easy!


Start attending events and help us make Opelika awesome!

Why Join?

MONTHLY MEETINGS: Once a month, join young professionals for an afternoon or evening of connections through unique events. It is your chance to expand your professional circle in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Mark your calendar for these monthly events:

  • March 5th – Networking 101 “Learn How to Market Yourself”
  • April 9th – Bingo Night
  • April 25th – Tap Takeover
  • May 15th – Noon Tunes Takeover
  • June 11th – Adulting 101 “How to Buy a House”
  • July 16th - Summer Swing Night
  • August 29th – TigerTown Sports Takeover
  • September 26th – Movie Night
  • October 22nd – Self-Awareness 101 “Personality Assessment Opportunities”
  • November 14th - Tap Takeover
  • December 19th – End of Year Celebration & Awards Reception

QUARTERLY CREW MEETINGS & EVENTS: Attend quarterly crew meetings and events to meet other young professionals over similar interests. Anyone interested in getting involved in OYP is welcome to join a crew that speaks to your passions, talents or budding interests. Our five crews are:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Business Development
  • Diversity
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Community Service

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Opelika Young Professional members will have exclusive opportunities to meet with community leaders throughout Opelika.

Want to learn more about OYP before you join?

Because we know walking into a room of strangers can be awkward.

Meet a Board Member first!

If you're feeling unsure about membership or just want to learn more about OYP before joining us at an event, meet up with one of our board members over a casual coffee or drink!

Our board members are always down to connect with others! We encourage you to click on the contact button of a board member below to schedule a quick meet up.

OYP Alyssa Foreman

Alyssa Foreman

OYP Anna Coxwell

Anna Coxwell

OYP Anna Jones

Anna Jones

OYP Ashley

Ashley Alcantara

OYP Brian

Brian Perdomo

OYP Brooke

Brooke Young

OYP Cailtin

Cailtin Allen

OYP Christopher

Christopher Hope

OYP Drake

Drake Martin

OYP Hope

Hope Nunnelley

OYP Hunter

Hunter Lazenby

OYP Jessica

Jessica Schwiesow

OYP Josh

Joshua Miller

OYP Lakieshia

Lakieshia Barnett

OYP Lenzi

Lenzi Womack

OYP Lexy

Lexy Payne

OYP Paul

Paul Kirkpatrick


Sam DiChiara

OYP Savannah

Savannah Burgess

OYP Shenice

Shenice Smith

OYP Siobhan

Siobhan Patterson

OYP Thurman

Thurman Dinkins Jr.

OYP Griffin

Griffin O'Connor

OYP Mackenzie

Mackenzie Poole

Ayanna 2024 OYP Board

Ayanna Thomas

Meet the CREWS

Crews allow our members to bond over shared interests!

Within OYP, members have the opportunity to participate in any of the 5 crews: Arts & Entertainment, Business Development, Community Service, Diversity, and Sports & Recreation! Crews meet quarterly and host events tailored to those shared interests! Members of OYP can be involved in as many crews as they'd like!

If you see a Crew you’d like to join, you can email Crew Leaders directly to learn more about their Crew or check out our OYP calendar for details about their upcoming events.

Arts & Entertainment

Purpose: To strengthen Opelika’s creative vitality by promoting awareness, participation and education in arts and entertainment.

Business Developement

Purpose: To inspire individuals and businesses to share knowledge, discuss challenges, and implement solutions that benefit Opelika’s economy.


Purpose: To champion diversity and inclusion, creating an environment that celebrates the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and talents of every member. Our commitment is to foster an inclusive culture that encourages personal growth, networking, and the shared pursuit of success across diverse fields and industries.”

Sports & Recreation

Purpose: To strengthen Opelika’s community by promoting awareness, participation and education in sports and recreation.

Community Service

Purpose: To unite driven and passionate young individuals dedicated to actively engaging with the community through service initiatives while fostering personal development, professional growth, and a sense of fulfillment while making a positive impact in Opelika and beyond.

2024 OYP Sponsors