The Wake County Young Professional Republicans (YPR) was formally known as the Wake County Young Republicans until February 2010 when the association changed its name in order to delineate itself as a professional association for people ages 18-40 years old. The Wake County Young Republicans was originally founded in the early 1990s as a sub-chapter of the North Carolina Federation of Young Professional Republicans (NCFYPR) and the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF), which has been the official auxiliary of the Republican Party for over 80 years. The Wake Co. YPRs are proud to be a part of an organization that is the oldest Republican youth movement in the United States. We are an allied Republican Organization working with other Republican organizations at both the local and national levels. Since its founding, the Wake County YPRs have grown and changed exponentially. Today, the organization continues to serve Republicans in the surrounding RDU/Raleigh/Wake Co. areas. VISION STATEMENT The Wake County Young Professional Republicans is to become the most politically influential organization for young professionals by: Developing personal, political, and professional relationships through social networking; Advocating the principles of the North Carolina Federation of Young Republicans to young professionals through innovative strategies and effective club development; and Recruiting, supporting, and training young professionals within, and about, the political process. OBJECTIVES The Wake County Young Professional Republicans work to develop and maintain a countywide Young Professional Republican organization that provides its members with opportunities for professional networking and outlets for political expression and recognition. The Association will support the principles, objectives, and platform of the Republican Party and to work for the election of duly nominated Republican candidates. PHILOSOPHY * We steadfastly believe that there is an untapped demand for a new generation of leaders within the Republican Party. * We understand and appreciate that Republicans are diverse in identity, professions, and political ideology; . as a result, we believe in a “big tent” philosophy. We focus on developing the groundwork to become competitive and focus our resources on party development and on campaigns where we believe our efforts can make the difference between victory and defeat. * We believe that increasing Republican activity in Raleigh and Wake County helps the party not only locally, but statewide as well. Wake County has become a diverse region with many educational, cultural, and professional opportunities for young professionals. With world class universities, a growing economy, and the Research Triangle Park, , Wake County has become one of the most desirable locations in our country for young professionals. It is critical that the Wake County Young Professional Republicans have a strong and visible presence in Wake County and serve as a welcoming committee to new to Wake County. Of course, the immediate benefit of the Wake YPRs is to make direct political inroads in local, state and national political races. But the organization also helps helping to identify, train, and provide leadership opportunities for a new generation of political leaders. VALUES We believe in the Republican values of individual freedom and responsibility, limited and ethical government, the rule of law, and free markets. Our desired reputation is one of purposeful energy, professionalism, reliability and as a wellspring of the most promising political talent in the state of North Carolina. APPROACH The Wake County Young Professional Republicans’ approach is to provide the entry point and home base for newcomers to the party in Wake Co.. The Wake YPRs provide events and activities that appeal to a broad range of people new to the political process, as well as to politically experienced people. By having a variety of events, we help new members feel comfortable, which enables them to make the jump from a socially active member to a politically active member. Our approach to growing the Republican Party in Wake County is based upon a multi-faced approach. RECRUITMENT We look to attract three types of individuals for the association. * Young Professionals Republicans that have a desire to make a difference within politics either through direct participation with a campaign or political organization, or either financial support to candidates, campaigns and/or political organizations; * Self-identified Young Republicans who have a desire to change local, state and or national government but have not participated in local political events or activities. ; and * Those who may hold beliefs in line with the Republican Party but who do not currently associate themselves with a political party.