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 Forsyth County to connect, serve and grow—both personally and professionally.

As a Young Leaders United member, you might mentor students at a nearby high school, join your city’s basketball team to teach kids about health and fitness or have lunch with some of the most influential business leaders in your area. 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 volunteering and fundraising events.

The Young Leaders Society is built for young leaders, by young leaders. Your voice and actions help drive what we do and how we accomplish it. Here are just a few ways that today’s young professionals LIVE UNITED.

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 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








I initially joined YLU as a way to network and get to know other young professionals in the area with the added opportunity to give back to the community. After being involved for several years, I have realized that working with YLU to improve our community is the what drives my commitment, enthusiasm and desire to be engaged with such an amazing group of people. “

-Jennifer Heaton, Former Forsyth County Chair, Young Leaders United, Board Member United Way of Forsyth County











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2019- 2020 Professional Development  





Lunch with Leaders

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!





Looking To Volunteer? 

YLU is committed to making a positive change in our community by harnessing the energy of young professionals in our community and linking them with volunteer opportunities. We host monthly volunteer events with our over 60 partner agencies.


September Volunteer Event
Where: Moonlight Madness 5k and Fun Run
When: September 18th
Who: For more information, email young.leaders@uwforsyth.org