Founded in 1913, The Young Men’s Business League (YMBL) is one of the oldest and most respected social service organizations in Austin. For 100 years, the YMBL has built today’s young professionals into tomorrow’s leaders by creating connections, fostering leadership development and serving the Austin Sunshine Camps.
With more than 240 active members and a growing alumni base, the YMBL facilitates the most established network of young businessmen in Austin, providing a platform for members to connect through a variety of social and service opportunities, cultivating life-long personal and professional relationships. In addition to hosting events such as the Austin Under 40 Awards (in partnership with the Young Women’s Alliance) and the Silicon Labs Sunshine Run, the YMBL also hosts an Annual Golf Classic, Spring and Fall Flings and offers various activity groups for members to connect around the hobbies they enjoy, such as golf, hunting and fishing and the YMBL BBQ Team.
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Through a Leadership Development Series and monthly Speaker Series, the YMBL continues to build better businessmen and active community leaders. Monthly lunches and dinners have featured speakers ranging from elected officials to corporate executives, entrepreneurs to community activists and beyond. The Leadership Development Series provides members with roundtable peer-advisory groups and educational workshops to grow as professionals, covering topics such as negotiation skills and goal setting.
Members of the YMBL use professional skills, fundraising abilities and volunteer time to further the mission of the Austin Sunshine Camps (ASC) in addition to overseeing its operation. Founded in 1928, the Austin Sunshine Camps provide enrichment opportunities for more than 850 low-income boys and girls of Austin and surrounding areas every summer and many more through year-round leadership and mentoring programs. The mission of the ASC is to create a better future and stronger community through mentoring, education and personal development of our low- income youth. Since the inception of the Austin Sunshine Camps in 1928, the YMBL has provided valuable development programs and memorable summer camp experiences for more than 47,000 children. The Young Men’s Business League’s major philanthropic endeavor in time and money is the Austin Sunshine Camps.
We have found that those members who get involved get the most out of YMBL. We are looking for diverse and talented young professionals willing to bring their unique skills to enhance the lives of Austin's at-risk youth. Members enjoy the rewards of enhancing the lives of Austin youth while developing lasting friendships and cultivating business connections. Wondering where to start? Here are our suggestions:
- Attend New Member Meetings
- Attend YMBL lunches and happy hours
- Participate in camper pickup
- Attend summer lunches with the campers
- Join a committee or junto group
- Attend Zilker and Travis workdays
- Attend special events
- Participate in tutoring for students that need help
- Run in our Sunshine Run or volunteer
We have an online application process which allows for a hassle-free experience. The steps are listed below. We are excited to hear from the young businessmen of today, so please don't be hesitant to start applying.
1 - You Submit an Application
2 - We Review Your Application & Get in Touch
3 - Criminal Background Check
4 - Pay Annual Dues Upon Approval