The Newton Young Professionals (NYP), is a group of 21- to 39-year-old professionals who live, work and play in the Newton area.

The Mission of the NYP is to provide opportunities for networking, community involvement and growth for young professionals and businesses in the Newton area.

Our mission is clear: We must seek out and support causes that will provide growth opportunities for NYP members and Newton. To that end, we believe Newton and young professionals will benefit the most if recreational opportunities were run by the Greater Wichita YMCA.

Our membership believes that the product the Greater Wichita YMCA offers will bring our community into the 21st century. Their name recognition, established administrative infrastructure and cutting edge recreational knowledge is what our community needs. The YMCA is the best choice for creating state-of-the-art recreation facilities and programs catering to the needs of our young families, professionals and our entire community.

The NYP believes expanding recreation opportunities in Newton is vital to the physical and mental health of our citizens. Giving our community a variety of healthy activity choices at minimal cost will bolster our physical and mental health. We also believe the years of experience and the national network of experts available through the Greater Wichita YMCA can create a community dedicated to healthy living.

The NYP believes a Greater Wichita YMCA branch in Newton will aid in our business sector's economic growth. The YMCA can attract new business opportunities for young professionals and attract more young professionals and their families. By combining the already vibrant personality of Newton with a recreation system, unlike any in a town our size, we will have created a compelling quality of life that will attract businesses and professionals.

The Newton Young Professionals urge the city of Newton, the Newton Recreation Commission and USD 373 school board to work quickly to bring about the best recreational facility possible with the least amount of tax dollars to operate programs and to build a state of the art facility.

Thank you.

Will Tate, president,

Newton Young Professionals