Who we are

We are a young professionals association composed of men and women of African descent in the Detroit area. We provide our members, followers, and the community overall with opportunities to grow socially, develop personally, and carry out civic engagement, together.

Established in 2015, Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit was founded as a MeetUp group focused on openly building community among metro Detroit’s young Black professional population by coordinating and hosting social events. Our growing awareness of the needs of the Detroit community moved us to use our time and manpower for civic engagement as well. In 2016 we incorporated as 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We focus on providing high quality, high value, and impactful personal development activities, social events, and community service opportunities.

We are open to professionals of all industries and sectors of life. We focus on people 21-40 years of age, ranging from students and skilled trades, to entrepreneurs and salaried professionals. We also have opportunities for those who are more seasoned than our target demographic (See Advisory Level membership).

We welcome people of all ethnicities, backgrounds, faiths, and beliefs to join us in:

  • Community Service – Volunteering and supporting established and new civic efforts to help Detroit communities.
  • Social Events –  Opportunities for social networking: Parties with a Purpose, Attraction & City Tours, Brunch and Dinner affairs, Mass outings and more.
  • Personal Development Opportunities – Activities for personal growth through panel discussions, coffee talks, classes, and cultural experiences.

Our Mission

To relentlessly pursue connecting, unifying, and developing the young Black professional community of metro Detroit.

Our Vision

A unified Black community where we welcome and embrace newcomers to the area.
A unified Black community where we do not exist in silos.
A unified Black community where we do not perpetuate classism.
A unified Black community where we do not tolerate elitism.
A unified Black community where we nurture and support one another.
A unified Black community where we reach out to those who didn’t catch the break that we caught.