United Way’s Women Leaders strive to educate, engage and empower women across our county.





Members invest $1,000 or more annually to help United Way improve Education in Forsyth County and see the direct impact of their individual investment in tutoring, family engagement and summer programming in area schools. Members get exclusive leadership development, social networking and volunteer opportunities.

40% of member contribution is invested in WLC’s education-based initiatives, while 60% is designated to United Way community investments.

Through the generosity of companies like Reynolds American Foundation and BB&T, the WLC Match exists to empower United Way’s women donors to join or move to the next level of Leadership Circle. Together with the WLC Match, our donors’ dollars fund WLC projects.


The Women’s Leadership Council has been working to impact student academic outcomes and increase the graduation rate by funding 3 specific programs:

Project Graduation 2020 focuses on funding strategies at three Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: Philo-Hill Magnet Academy, Mineral Springs, and East Forsyth Middle Schools. These strategies include:

Tutoring – Afterschool and in-school tutoring for students.

Family Engagement Counselors – Located at each school, they work closely with guidance counselors recruiting and signing up families for workshops, home visits, and providing general support and resources for events like applying to college.

The Summer Success Academy – This program helps aid the transition between middle to high school by providing students with preview work material, helping them become acclimated to a new school setting, meeting new classmates, and helping with education skills like time management and study skills.helping with education skills like time management and study skills.

YWCA Best Choice Center
YWCA Best Choice Center is a year-round academic enrichment program,
providing After School and Summer Camp programs for K-8 students from Community Wide and Place Matters schools. The mission is to help at risk children succeed academically and interpersonally. The Crosby Bigs for Success Program, which matches high school age Crosby Scholars with Best Choice students, provides mentors for the younger children. The Crosby Bigs are trained by Big Brothers Big Sisters to support “Littles” development of soft skills and promote K-12 success. After School and Summer Camp programs provide certified teachers, transportation, meals, field trips, and access to resources.

The Salvation Army Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club serves youth ages 5-18 from 38 schools in the WS/Forsyth County School System. During non-school hours, the club provides a safe place with supportive adult mentors, peer friendships, and high-impact youth development programs. Emphasizing the importance and requirements of graduation from high school and the opportunities a post-secondary education can provide are both key aspects of the commitment to educational equity. Annual priorities include a focused curriculum including education and career development, character and leadership, health and wellness, the arts, sports and recreation.

Women’s Leadership Council Step-up:
Women contributing <$500 commit to increase their contribution to $500 in the first year and $100 annually until they reach the Bronze Level. Women
contributing $500+ commit to increase their contribution by $100 annually until they reach the Bronze Level.

WLC Match funds equal the difference between the contribution and $1,000.

Join us at one of our monthly events to network and transform communities with like-minded women.


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Interested in joining? For United Way Forsyth County, whose unique role is bringing people together to solve community problems, our women’s leadership council is essential to accelerating lasting change.


Imagine playing a real life version of The Game of Life and there you have School of Hard Knocks! April 24, 2020 7am-1pm

The School of Hard Knocks is a volunteer event hosted annually by United Way of Forsyth County’s Women’s Leadership Council.

Students at Philo-Hill Magnet Academy choose a career and are given a corresponding salary. With that salary, they must create a monthly budget and make choices about transportation, living accommodations, childcare, phone and cable bills, etc.

From this experience, students receive hands on training in financial literacy to provide them with the knowledge to effectively manage a budget in the real world.