Young Leaders Society

The Young Leaders Society is United Way's affinity group for professionals who invest in the community and are actively seeking ways to Connect, Serve & Lead to make a positive and lasting impact throughout Southern Arizona.

Check below for upcoming events or click here to sign up for our newsletter.

  • Connect events allow members to network with other young professionals, prominent community leaders and like-minded philanthropists.
  • Serve events offer YLS members the opportunity to give back to the community in an impactful and meaningful way at various agencies throughout Southern Arizona. Our Serve focus is Youth On The Rise (YOTR), an initiative for opportunity youth ages 16-24 who have dropped out of high school and are not working.
  • Lead events are opportunities for YLS members to expand their personal capacity in potential leadership roles and opportunities for growth.




Holiday Meal and interactive job success workshop with REC enrollees
Wednesday, December 13, 4-6pm

Join us as we enjoy a meal with youth ages 16-24 who are on a pathway to being reconnected with school or work.  Afterwards, we will present an interactive discussion on tips and tricks to job success, including mock interview prep, filling out applications, appropriate attire, elevator speeches, and social media presence.  YLS members will be given a tip sheet to discuss with a REC member.

To RSVP, email

Party Bike through Winterhaven
Friday, December 15, 5pm

This Holiday season, take a party bike with us through the most festive neighborhood in town; Winterhaven!  We will meet at Shooters at 5pm and board the bike at 7pm.  The bike ride will last about 45 minutes.  Festive attire is encouraged!  Also, bring a pair of socks to donate to Youth on the Rise!

Tickets are $20, very limited, and will be available for purchase HERE!


Save the Date:

The next Dive Bar Bus Tour will be Saturday, February 10 from 5-11pm.

2016-2017 YLS Successes 

○ We raised $1780

○ We created 21 new teacher baskets for student teachers beginning their careers this fall.

○ We donated school supplies, professional clothing, and healthy fast food gift cards to The Rec.

○ We helped sponsor a member of the United Youth Leadership Council to attend Opportunity Nation Summit in NYC.

○ Decorated 500 cookies with seniors and donated them to the Primavera Men’s shelter

Get More Involved

Join our Executive Committee!  YLS is looking for dedicated young professionals to join our Executive Committee for the 2017-2018 year.  If you are passionate about giving back and want to get more involved in your community, join us!  This is a great first step for professionals interested in joining Boards or becoming more active in the community.  Free Board development opportunities are also available. 

For more information contact:

Meredith Bode
Manager of Events