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.




Headshots and Happy Hour - Wednesday, April 10, 5-7pm, Westbound at the MSA Annex (267 S Avenida del Convento)

The 4th Annual Headshots and Happy Hour is back! Bring at least 2 items of gently used professional clothing and receive a complimentary headshot.

Clothing will be donated to the clothing bank at Goodwill Metro, a resource center for Opportunity Youth (youth ages 16-24 who are not in school or working).

Please RSVP to


YLS Member Appreciation Event - UA Baseball Game and BBQ - Friday, May 3, 5pm, Reid Park Ramada 28

Our annual appreciation BBQ and UA Baseball game is for YLS members who have attended at least one event in the last two years. Join us for a BBQ and yard games at 5pm, and the game (UA vs. Oregon), which begins at 7pm. This is a family-friendly event.

Please RSVP to


Take a look at photos from recent events HERE!

2017-2018 YLS Successes 

Thanks to your support, we raised enough money to:
  • Fund two smartphones with service for a year for two United Youth Leadership Council members.
  • Donate 100 bus passes, 50 day planners, more than 75 items of professional clothing, 64 pairs of socks, and healthy fast food gift cards to opportunity youth.
  • Lead an interactive workshop on workplace norms and interview best practices and enjoy a Holiday meal at the REC (Re-Engagement Center for youth).

We also volunteered at the Free on Fourth event, which offered free services to youth like a clothing bank, haircuts, HIV testing, and resources available in our community.

Get More Involved

Join our Executive Committee!  YLS is looking for dedicated young professionals to join our Executive Committee for the 2019-2020 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
Community Engagement Manager