Charlottesville-Based African-American Group Gives Back to Community

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A new group in Charlottesville is calling on all African-American professionals to come together to socialize and network. The goal is to empower each other and to give back to the community.

The Young Black Professional Network (YBPN) has been in the making for years. Now, with the help of former City Council candidate Wes Bellamy, it's up and running and already has a charity event in the works.

YBPN officially launched in October after partnering with the Jefferson School for a "First Friday" social.

The group is working to expand connections in the African-American community to promote social, economic, and educational development. The idea is to create a network of people from all different professions and backgrounds. YBPN plans to have a "First Friday" social on the first Friday of every month.

The group is also hosting its first charity event- a turkey drive -November 24 at 4 p.m. at the Jefferson School. The goal is to give 100 turkeys away. If you're interested in donating you can bring a turkey to the event that day at 2 p.m., or contact YBPN at ybpncville@gmail.com

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