About Us

YLakeland is a 501c3 and sister to Catapult Lakeland, both of which are initiatives of the Lakeland Economic Development Council.

YLakeland helps connect students and young professionals with the community and assets that make Lakeland unique. Sure we love a good chain restaurant, who doesn’t? But we live local and will keep you in the know on events, things to do, new businesses to call Lakeland home and much more. We strive to give you an insider’s perspective on the amazing things our community has to offer and the people that make living Lakeland such a wonderful place to call home.

The content you’ll find on YLakeland is run by college students from one of the 5 local universities and we pride ourselves on being an authentic voice for the Lakeland community. For this reason, content may vary based on the interest of our interns but we promise that they will give you a unique, positive perspective on their favorite things in Lakeland.


226 N. Kentucky Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801



Our Values

Resourceful – We help orient talent and connect the community by being an easily accessible and trusted resource that provides organizations & young professionals with an insider’s perspective into the people and places that give Lakeland it’s unique identity.

Supportive – We address the core needs around talent in the community and build Lakeland’s workforce by being a positive resource that promotes jobs in Lakeland, helps companies create new internship opportunities and prepares college students and young professionals with the skill sets needed to succeed.

Community Oriented – We shape a community that attracts highly skilled workers by connecting people with local leaders and like-minded individuals.

Meet the Team

Christina Graham

Executive Director

Victoria Cooke

Program Director

Danika Thiele

Content Manager

Taylor Beck

Media Intern

Abby Cooke

SLP Intern

Advisory Board

Andy McEntire

Indie Atlantic Films

Jason DeMeo

We Are Curio

Maggie Ross

Clark/Nikdel/Powell (CNP)

Brad Lunz

The Lunz Group

Scott Noel

Lockheed Martin

Brittany Donatelli

Florida Southern College

Kirstin Czernek

The Balance Culture

Stephanie Garrison

Southeastern University

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