Young Leaders Society

YLS - Jan

The mission of the Young Leaders Society (YLS) is to engage, inspire, educate and empower the next generation of community leaders through philanthropy and volunteerism. YLS members can take advantage of service, social and professional development opportunities available throughout the year.

Individuals under the age of 40 can become a member of the Young Leaders Society by contributing an annual gift to the United Way at the following levels:

  • Age 30 & under at $365 or more annually
  • Age 31 – 35 at $600 or more annually
  • Age 36 – 40 at $900 or more annually

Couples can combine gifts to quality for membership.

Through leadership development, volunteerism and networking, YLS members strive to educate other young business professionals about the work of United Way of the Coastal Empire and the importance of giving.  Be sure to “Like” United Way YLS Facebook page for more information and updates.

YLS Steering Committee

Chair: Latisha Thomas, City of Savannah
Learning Opportunities Director: Rebecca Pierson, United Way of the Coastal Empire
Membership & Social Co-Directors: Nicole Brantley, City of Savannah and Joe Shearouse, Jr., City of Savannah
Community Involvement Director: Opportunities available, contact Rebecca Pierson

Staff Liaison: Rebecca Pierson, Campaign Associate

YLS Board Internship Program

The objective of the YLS Board Internship Program is to provide YLS members with an opportunity to practice leadership and community-building skills and to provide local nonprofit organizations with fresh, enthusiastic leaders who are interested in affecting positive impact in the community.

For more details or to apply for a YLS Board Internship, YLS members should contact Rebecca Pierson.

YLS Volunteer Opportunities

YLS is partnering with the West Broad Street YMCA to launch their new weekend program by helping to fulfill volunteer needs on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Volunteers will mentor and work with children who attend. Athletic activities and games will be part of this interaction, so come prepared and dressed to play!

You participate by registering at United Way HandsOn Savannah.  After you register, search YLS, 31401 or click here  to sign up for one or more of the Saturdays. Registering through United Way HandsOn Savannah will track all of the great work YLS is able to accomplish throughout the year. Please invite friends to register and help as well.  The more volunteers YLS members can help recruit, the better!

YLS Social Activities
Based on suggestions from the annual “Welcome to YLS” event, the YLS Membership & Social Directors are planning  some  great events for the upcoming year.  Past activities have included happy hours, a Sand Gnats game and more! So, look out for more information on our website and through email.

For more information contact Rebecca Pierson at 912.651.7716.

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