Young Professionals for Olmsted Parks

Join the Young Professionals for Olmsted Parks (YPOP)

The Young Professionals for Olmsted Parks program is for individuals who are passionate for their historic parks, nonprofit management, fundraising, networking and making a difference in their community!

Through YPOP, I’ve connected with others who care about our parks and our community. Everyone involved brings their own professional skill set and experience to the table, giving me the opportunity to broaden my perspectives and network. These benefits, plus helping to raise funds to make our Buffalo Olmsted Parks even better, made joining YPOP a no-brainer for me.
Greg Dionne, Founder, Hookwell Consulting

Welcoming the Class of 2022!

Program Overview

  • February 2022 – October 2022
  • One (1) mandatory event per month
  • Engage in group and individual fundraising
  • Stay involved post-program as a YPOP Alumni
Support the Class of 2022 here

Applications to the Class of 2022 have closed. Please check back end of this year for Class of 2023!

Program Highlights

  • Kickoff Party
  • Olmsted 101: History & Fun!
  • Volunteer in your parks
  • Coffee with the Councilmembers
  • Career Development Panel
  • Full System Park Tour
  • Olmsted Board Meet & Greets … and more!


  • Recommended age range: 25 to 40 years old
  • Entry fee: $250 (helps cover program cost)

Frequently Asked Questions

How big will the class size be?

We will be accepting 30-35 participants for the Class of 2022.

Do I need any prior experience from other professional development programs to be accepted in YPOP?

No! We encourage all to apply who are passionate about their historic parks, nonprofit management, fundraising, networking and making a difference in their community.

What does the entry fee cover?

The $250 entry fee will only be due once accepted into the program. There is no fee to apply for the program. The program entry fee helps cover costs to run the nine (9) month YPOP program such as; venue costs, food and beverage, volunteer event supplies, guest speakers and more!

Can my company/organization cover the $250 entry fee?

Yes! Your current company/organization can cover your entry fee.

With regards to the Fundraising component, will we be given any tools to help us reach our goal?

Of course! We won’t leave you hanging, we promise. For example, at the beginning of each month, we will host a Group Pop In. At these meetings, we’ll discuss different topics and go in depth about Fundraising in the nonprofit world, Board Participation, Conservancy staff, etc.

When will YPOP events occur? (morning, day time, evening)

Most of the mandatory YPOP events will occur after work hours (after 5pm) Our monthly Group Pop Ins (monthly check in meetings) will take place at 8am. The volunteer events are offered on both weekdays and weekends. (All events are subject to change and will move to a virtual format, if needed)

What happens if I miss a mandatory event?

We completely understand that life happens and everyone is busy, so you will be allowed to miss one mandatory event. You will be given the complete schedule of events during the interview process in November/December. We hope that all YPOP participants will be dedicated throughout the entire program. 

Will I be able to stay involved with the Conservancy post-program?

Yes! We will discuss opportunities for you to stay involved — whether that’s joining a committee, volunteering in the parks, volunteering during a fundraising event or joining the YPOP Alumni Group. 

Applications to Class of 2022 have closed. Thank you all for applying!

If you were not able to apply to the Class of 2022, we hope you would join us in the next season.