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United Way’s young leaders are tomorrow’s philanthropists and community leaders. Young Leaders United harnesses the energy of young professionals who want to impact lives and create a better community for all.

United Way’s Young Leaders United is an international network of young professionals who share a passion for advancing community solutions, in their own backyard and around the world. Through unique networking events, hands-on volunteering opportunities and innovative leadership trainings, members leverage the power of United Way of Forsyth County to connect, serve and grow—both personally and professionally.

As a Young Leaders United member, you might mentor students at a nearby school, join a local basketball team to teach kids about health and fitness or have lunch with some of the most influential business leaders in Forsyth County. Members expand their social and professional networks and enhance their skill sets by networking with others in their field and by helping plan United Way-sponsored volunteer and fundraising events.

Young Leaders United is built for young leaders, by young leaders. Your voice and actions help drive what we do and how we accomplish it.

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.

When I moved to Winston-Salem, I knew I wanted to get involved with something dedicated to furthering the mission of the city. I was introduced to Young Leaders United through my job and it fit the bill while also offering opportunities to network with others in Forsyth County. YLU has connected me with many friends and agencies that I would not have known about otherwise. I am thankful to get to serve as the Chair this year.
Kelly Sutton, Forsyth County Chair,
Young Leaders United


YLU is committed to making a positive change in our community by harnessing the energy of professionals in our community

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YLU provides exclusive community leadership opportunities! We host monthly volunteer events with our over 60 partner agencies. For current volunteer opportunities click here.

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