United Way’s young leaders are tomorrow’s philanthropists and community leaders.

YLU-Logo_2015Open to those 40 and under, Young Leaders United harnesses the energy of young professionals who want to impact lives and create a better community for all. Members are encouraged to volunteer 24 hours annually in the community, enjoy exclusive leadership development, social networking opportunities and hands on ways to make a difference.

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“Young Leaders United enriches me to become a better community leader by engaging with others collaboratively to make positive and real impacts in our community.”

-Melissa Martin, Forsyth County Chair, Young Leaders United

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2017 Professional Development  

Young Leaders United provides exclusive community leadership and professional development opportunities! One way we do this is through our “Lunch With Leaders” series. United Way and corporate chapters of YLU generously host professional development luncheons with leaders from various companies and non-profits in our community. FREE LUNCH provided!


When: August 17th, 2017

Where: Wake Downtown, 455 Vine St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Who: Mayor Allen Joines

United Way is excited to host this month’s Lunch with Leaders featuring Mayor Allen Joines.

Allen Joines was elected Mayor of the City of Winston-Salem in November 2001. He was re elected in 2005, 2009, 2013, and again in 2016, becoming the longest serving Mayor in the history of the city.

As Mayor, he has concentrated on rebuilding the economy and unifying the community. During Mayor Joines’ first term, over 4,000 jobs were created through recruitment of new companies. He continued to emphasize job development, and more than 40 companies have relocated or expanded in Winston-Salem, creating an additional 10,000 new jobs. He continues to work to create additional jobs thru recruitment, expansion of existing companies, and new business start-ups. His goal is for Winston-Salem to be one of the top 50 metro areas in the country by the year 2020.

He lead the implementation of the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Commission in 2006; and as a result of this work, it has been reduced by over 60%. In March 2012, Mayor Joines launched his Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative to help educate children seven to ten years of age, and their parents, about the importance of good nutrition and exercise. He has formed an initiative to work on reducing poverty in Winston-Salem and is making that one of his top priorities.

Mayor Joines was voted one of the “Most Influential” people in the Triad for 2006 thru 2015. In 2013, the Winston-Salem Journal named him one of the fifty individuals who helped shape Winston-Salem in its first one hundred years.

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