The YP of the Year awards are an annual event that recognize young professionals who have dedicated their past year to increasing the livelihood of the Des Moines Metro community in various ways. The awards are presented by Juice and the Young Professionals Connection and sponsored by Banker's Trust.
Juice YP of the Year
This award recognizes a young professional who has made significant contributions for civic, charitable, entertainment or quality of life in central Iowa. The award is open to any young professional younger than 36 in central Iowa.
DSM Creative of the Year
The creative award goes to the person pushing creativity in their field, whether it be art, graphic design, music, food styling, interior design, architecture or another area of work or study. This person is using his or her creative ideas to spur changes within the workplace or immediate community and within the broader Des Moines region. We are looking for someone who takes risks, stays committed to his or her ideas even if they are different and has a commitment to making Des Moines a desirable place to live.
YPC Amy Jennings YP Impact Award
The award is for a young professional who made a significant impact on the young professional community and has showcased a dedication to creating a vibrant community that attracts and retains YPs.
YPC Ashley Okland YP Community Service Award
The Ashley Okland award is given to a young professional who exemplifies the voluntarism and spirit of late YPC board member Ashley Okland in giving of his/her time, talents and other resources to community organizations. The award is open to any young professional younger than 36 in central Iowa.