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Young Leaders Society

United Way Erie Young Leaders Society




"I support United Way of Erie County because I was raised to believe that when you are blessed you should reach back and bless others. As a result, I like to give to charities that I believe are truly helping people. United Way's mission, programming and active community involvement reflect their commitment to the people of Erie and I want to do what I can to support their commitment and good work. I would challenge those who have been fortunate and prosperous and have it to give, to consider their blessing and to consider giving back just a small portion of those belongings to United Way of Erie County." -Erica L. Jenkins, Young Leaders Society Member since 2015.





Who We Are

United Way of Erie County’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) is designed for a new generation of community leaders. As a member, you’ll benefit from exclusive opportunities to network with other key players and experienced business leaders, volunteer for community projects and develop leadership skills. Individuals or couples who annually contribute $500 or more to United Way, and are between the ages of 31 and 45, are eligible to join YLS. NEW! Individuals or couples who annually contribute $250 or more to United Way and are between the ages of 21 and 30 are eligible to join Young Leaders Society,



What We Do

  • Get informed. Get connected.
    You will learn about the challenges facing Erie County and how to work together to solve them. YLS offers you numerous opportunities to extend your personal and professional networks and connect with the region’s most influential philanthropists & leaders.

  • Develop personally and professionally.
    Training and leadership development programs enhance your professional and personal growth.

  • Strengthen your community.
    YLS can offer you and your family opportunities for volunteer projects that strengthen your community, whether participating in the Day of Caring or a supply drive at any number of YLS functions.

  • Be recognized for your generosity as a leader in the community in United Way’s Annual Report

Get Involved

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Did you know 10% of your United Way YLS gift goes to support the McKinley Project with fifth-graders at McKinley Elementary? Become more involved in this program and make a lasting impact in the students' lives by volunteering as a Career Street speaker. Volunteers spend 15 minutes in each of the four classrooms (for a total of 60 minutes) discussing their jobs and answering the students' questions. It's a great experience that means a lot to the students. Please contact Gina Schaefer at 814-456-2937 ext. 221 or for more information and to sign up!

YLS sponsor


For more information, email Gina Schaefer or call 814-456-2937 x221.