Mission Wichita

In Fall 2017 YPW was presented with an idea of connecting young high-achieving airmen with local high-achieving young professionals, with the goal of establishing relationships that would improve pride in Wichita, drive economic growth, and improve quality of life. Mission Wichita is collaborative program between Young Professionals of Wichita, McConnell Air Force Base, Friends of McConnell, and other community partners.

Mission Wichita offers participants the opportunity to experience Wichita from a unique perspective, with the intentions of demystifying McConnell Air Force, the Wichita business community, and local government. This program is offered to high-achieving civilians and airmen, and will present them with the opportunity to make connections that will allow them to affect constructive change in their community. Six bi-weekly sessions will take participants into spaces that not many people have access to; they will learn and hear from base and community leaders; and they will be granted the opportunity to engage with one another and build a robust network of like-minded peers.

Why Participate in Mission Wichita?

  • To have face-time with some of Wichita and McConnell AFB’s key leaders
  • To have the opportunity to learn firsthand about McConnell AFB and the economic impact it has in our community
  • To interact with high-achieving airmen and civilians in various activities throughout the program

Who Are We Looking For?

We’re looking for individuals who reflect the below characteristics:

  • Past graduates of YPW’s Leadership Academy
  • High achieving young professionals in the Wichita area who are looking for the opportunity to engage with an under-served community in McConnell AFB
  • Ambassadors to Wichita that have shown pride for the city and region through their involvement in volunteerism
  • A desire to build and reinforce relations between McConnell AFB, Wichita, and surrounding communities
  • Serve in a leadership capacity in organizations related to their profession, academic institution or other young professional organizations
  • Aspire to drive advancement in Wichita through collaboration between community organizations
  • Possess high standards of personal quality and integrity
  • Can and will commit the time required for the program

What Is My Commitment?

Six all-day bi-weekly session  between March and May and a program kick-off in early March.

What Does the Class Look Like?

10 high-achieving airmen and 10 high-achieving civilians

How Is the Class Selected?

McConnell leadership will identify the 10 airmen to participate in the program. All past participants of YPW’s Leadership Academy will be invited to apply for the 10 civilian spots. A committee of partner representatives will select the final civilian participants.

What Activities Will We Be Participating In?

All sessions will have a recommended agenda to follow

Mission Wichita is presented by

Have more questions? Please contact Alejo Cabral via email or 316.268.1171.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

If I apply, will I get into the program?

There are a limited number of spots in the program and we expect more applicants than available spots, so not everyone who applies will be able to participate. The 2018 class will have 10 spots available for YPs.

Can I apply if I am participating in Leadership Academy 2018?

Unfortunately you’re not able to apply as we are only accepting applications from YPs who have graduated from Leadership Academy as of the December 20, 2017.

What are the selection criteria for applicants?

The planning committee and YPW staff leadership will select applicants based on the following criteria (not in order of importance):

  • YPW involvement
  • Community involvement since graduating from Leadership Academy
  • Response to questions
  • Career and personal growth since graduating from Leadership Academy

What is the cost?

The fee is $350 and must be paid in full once accepted into the program. If selected for the program and not already a YPW member, we will also add in the cost of a one-year membership.

What does the program fee cover?

The program fee covers the total cost of participation, including the kickoff and closing events, and administrative costs.

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