Young Professionals Orange County

About Young Professionals Orange County

Young Professionals Orange County (YPOC) is a group of young professionals dedicated to advancing the mission of Children’s Bureau through modest monthly donations and providing opportunities for networking, professional development, and community service. YPOC is striving to gather the most diverse and talented group of individuals unified in their support for local children. It accomplishes this goal by organizing and hosting events that either work to grow and strengthen the YPOC network or allow closer engagement with Children’s Bureau and its work.

Why join YPOC?

To join YPOC, we ask prospective members to contribute a monthly donation of at least $10 (sign-up sheet below); although new guests are always welcome to attend YPOC mixers. Not only do these funds go directly towards supporting prevention programs, we try to provide tangible benefits for members through:
  • Free entry to all YPOC networking and social events
  • Invitation to members-only events and volunteer opportunities
  • Access to YPOC’s member network and Children’s Bureau board members
  • The opportunity to be part of a passionate group of OC change-makers
The core of YPOC aims to evolve and progress alongside its members. We hope you want to join us in making a difference in the community and growing as future leaders. To learn more, please contact us at  ypoc@all4kids.org or 213.342.0148.

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YPOC Leadership Board

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Lily LiLily Li, President Lily Li is a commercial and intellectual property litigator at the Irvine office of Brown Wegner LLP. As a transplant to Orange County, Lily has been overwhelmed by how close-knit and warm the local community has been to her. Lily believes that YPOC is a great way to give back to this same community, support the development of local kids, and have fun at the same time!
Mohammed ElayanMohammed Elayan, Vice President Mohammed Elayan is a business attorney with Bryan Cave LLP who advises companies and entrepreneurs on a wide variety of transaction.  He became involved with YPOC in order to help young professionals in Orange County get involved in ways to help the community, in particular with respect to preventing child abuse.
Brett Laddusaw, Secretary Brett Laddusaw is a financial planner with Signature Resources Capital Management, LLC assisting individual, for-profit and non-profit organizations with investment and risk management as well as college, retirement, estate and business planning. He was introduced to Children’s Bureau in 2016 and was deeply moved after visiting the Magnolia headquarters where he witnessed for himself the hope, encouragement, empowerment and protection brought to those being served. In joining the YPOC Board, Brett intends to further the objectives and impact of an incredible organization with an already storied tradition of service to the community.
Jennifer YiJennifer Yi, Social Co-Chair Jennifer Yi is the Business Development & Marketing Manager in the Orange County office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Jennifer got involved with YPOC because she believes in the vision and mission of the Children’s Bureau to help children live happy, healthy and successful lives. Jennifer also wanted to meet like-minded individuals who want to give back to the community and help provide opportunities for those who need it the most.
Melodie Arian, Social Co-Chair Melodie Arian is a business and employment litigation attorney. When she is not practicing law, she volunteers at the Orangewood Foundation, working with foster youth. Melodie joined YPOC in an effort to promote Children’s Bureau’s mission of providing vulnerable children the foundation necessary to become caring and productive adults.
Jessica Morrison, Community Chair Jessica is currently the Development Coordinator at The Wooden Floor, a non-profit in Santa Ana which helps underserved youth reach college through dance. She is thrilled to be this year’s YPOC Community Chair as she is passionate about helping others through volunteering, and loves encouraging others to do the same. The mission of the Children’s Bureau is particularly special to her, as she believes every child should have the chance to become a caring and productive adult.
Alexander Valles, Communications Chair Alexander Valles is a Financial Solutions Advisor with Bank of America/Merrill Edge who works with individuals and small businesses to determine financial planning needs. He decided to join YPOC after attending various volunteer events and mixers where he saw first-hand the impact that Children’s Bureau had on the local community.
Melissa Chelius, Chair, THE Happy Hour Operations Committee Melissa is a Residential Real Estate Broker at OC Signature Properties, serving all of Orange County for over 7 years. Melissa got involved with YPOC at the suggestion of her Grandmother, Holly Hicks, who currently serves as President of Children’s Bureau’s The League for Children. Melissa has since fallen in love with the organization and is even more proud of the fact that YPOC is working towards improving and impacting families lives right here in Orange and LA County.
Jennifer Oswald, Chair, THE Happy Hour Operations Committee Jennifer Oswald is a Business Development Specialist for Eagle Home Mortgage-Irvine. Being a mother of two her passion for children and their well being stems from her overwhelming joy of being a mother and love for her children. Jennifer understands the importance of a child’s well being and environment, and wants to contribute to the YPOC by helping raise additional funds to support the many CB programs that protect child welfare and enhance their lives.

Calendar of Events

  • September Fall Social Mixer
  • October Volunteer Event: Halloween Carnival
  • December Volunteer Event: Holiday Reunification Dinner
  • February Winter Social Mixer
  • March Volunteer Event: Spring into Volunteering
  • May THE Happy Hour
  • June Members-Only Networking Mixer

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Become a Contributing Member of YPOC

Your contribution of $10 each month helps sustain the life-changing services offered to families in need through Children’s Bureau Family Resource Centers and community programming.