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

Interested in joining?

2016 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!


United Way YLU // Lunch with Leaders

Wednesday, April 19th

11:30 am – 1 pm

Address: United Way of Forsyth County

301 N. Main Street, Suite 1700

Winston-Salem, NC 27101


Speaker: Cindy Gordineer, President and CEO

Lunch will be Provided


United Way will be hosting April’s Lunch with Leaders featuring our President and CEO, Cindy Gordineer. Cindy will be discussing the resident-led initiative which is Place Matters.  

Place Matters is an innovative, asset-based strategy to focus investments on interconnected solutions within a specific area of Winston-Salem. We invite you to come enjoy lunch and learn more about the strategies being used in our Place Matters Neighborhoods. 


To RSVP, email us at: Young.leaders@uwforsyth.org


Looking To Volunteer? 

Check back often for updated volunteer opportunities.



National Teacher Appreciation Day
May 9 all-day
National Teacher Appreciation Day

National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year.

The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day “as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives”.

Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children: the future leaders of our country. They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction. We entrust our children with the teachers, and they affect their lives on a daily basis.

It is time to say “Thank You” to the special teachers that you know. Let them know that they are appreciated for all that they do. Use #TeacherAppreciationDay to post on social media.

Non – Profit Networking Night @ Old Winston Social Club
May 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
United Way Day of Action
Jun 21 all-day
United Way Day of Action

On  June 21, 2017, United Ways around the world will provide meaningful, impact-oriented service opportunities that advance our goals in education, financial stability and health. Activities will range from online advocacy and small-group, single-day events to large-scale, community-wide, week-long programs at multiple locations.