JAYP: Joliet Area Young Professionals

Providing social, professional development, and volunteer opportunities for young professionals

JAYP connects, empowers, and engages young professionals between ages 21 and 40 in the greater Joliet area.

The Joliet Area Young Professionals (JAYP) is a division of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It was developed to establish social and professional development opportunities for young professionals. Our vision is to cultivate a new generation of young professionals that take an active role in serving and empowering the Joliet community socially and professionally while being civically-engaged. JAYP also strives to enhance the vitality of the Joliet Region by creating a strong community of young professionals.



Why Join?

  • Build lasting personal and professional relationships
  • Give back to the community
  • Access educational and professional resources
  • Advance your leadership skills

All of the below are subject to change, for the most updated calendar of events, please visit Chamber Calendar of Events

The JAYP Board of Directors is actively monitoring the allowances under the State of Illinois Reopening Phases to determine the best time to resume in-person events.







JAYP Social Series:  Free Event to members of our Young Professionals group.  Meet other and build relationships with area professionals.  All are welcome.

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Friday Lunch Events:  Casual lunch meet-ups to network, catch up with an older friend or meet a new one.  No cost. Lunch is not provided.

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
Take a look at some of the past social events, volunteer projects, and professional development seminars

  • Joliet Slammers suite night
  • Chicago Blackhawks bus trip
  • Chicago Cubs bus trip
  • Chicago White Sox bus trip
  • Book of Morman play bus trip
  • Werk Force Brewing tour
  • Revolution brewing tour
  • Texas Hold ‘Em tournament
  • Brunswick Zone bowling
  • BMW ride along at Autobahn Country Club
  • Relay 4 Life Volunteer
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters bowling nights and Haunted Trails
  • Will County Forest Preserve clean up
  • MorningStar Mission food service
  • First time home buyer seminar
  • Speed networking
  • LinkedIn and other social media seminars
  • Investing for your future seminar
  • Personal credit seminar
  • Time management seminar
Meet Our Board of Directors

Theresa Dollinger, Castle Law

Board Chair

Skyler Reed, Nowacki Insurance Agency

Shykira Richards, Chicago Urban League

Picture coming soon!

Robert Miranda, First Midwest Bank

Past Board Chair

John Gillmann, Hometown National Bank

Cameron Lythberg, Lythberg Law, LLC

Picture coming soon!

Want to know more? We want to hear from you!

Call or email
Mike Paone
815.727.5371 -or- mpaone@jolietchamber.com

Joliet Area Young Professionals Photo Gallery
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Our members range from recent grads to CEOs and everything in between. We are united by our desire to make the Joliet area a more vibrant place to live, work and play.

JAYP membership is open to anyone in the 21-40 age bracket. We are a division of the Joliet Chamber of Commerce, but chamber membership is not required to join. The cost of membership is $45 for individuals associated with a Chamber member and $100 for individuals that are not.

JAYP Application

Mail Application to:
Attn: Mike Paone
116 N. Chicago St., Suite 100 | Joliet, IL. 60432
or email to mpaone@jolietchamber.com

or Fax to:
Attn: Mike Paone

View our JAYP Member Directory