Young Leaders United

United Way’s Young Leaders United is an international network of young professionals (from their early 20s to mid-30s) 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 fundraising events, members leverage the power of United Way to connect, serve and grow—both personally and professionally. Young Leaders United is a growing, global network with over 50,000 members across more than 147 global chapters.

Young Leaders United is built for young leaders, by young leaders. Your voice and actions help drive impact in McLennan County. Members raise awareness, engage the community, and raise funds to support local programs in early childhood and youth education.

Young Leaders United Brochure 

Events & Projects:

Lead the Week of LIVING UNITED—Raise Funds and Engage the Community
The goal of The Week of Living United is to turn out hundreds of volunteers throughout the week; and to raise financial support for education impact in McLennan County. Young Leaders United leads the week-long event by asking local retailers, restaurants, and small businesses to make a personal gift to UWWMC and/or to donate a percent of sales from the week.

Learning Libraries
In December 2018, YLU members invested their time into impacting local childhood and youth education by assembling a Learning Library at the Boys & Girls Clubs. The Learning Library serves as a space for reading, homework, & tutoring for children enrolled in after school and summer programs. Funds for the Learning Library were raised from local restaurants and boutiques during the Week of Living United. Thank you for Barnes & Noble of Waco and Lowe’s of Waco for your support!

Workplace Campaign Advocates
When you hold a United Way Campaign at your workplace, you’re opening your co-workers to easy ways they can make a difference – like donating through payroll deductions, participating in company fundraising events, and volunteering in the community. Young Leaders United members serve as an advocate for their Workplace Campaign. If a Young Leaders United member’s place of employment does not host an employee campaign, members will advocate on behalf of United Way for a corporate or business gift.

UWWMC Community Investment Council
Members have the opportunity to volunteer in a greater capacity by serving on the UWWMC Community Investment Council, supporting our annual grant process.

low-income children access to
Early Childhood Education
classes and quality afterschool and summer programs
low/uninsured families with access to
Medical Screenings and Health Exams
as well as prescription assistance and other therapy needs
children, adults, and families with
Meals and Bags of Groceries
over 46,000 eligible children, adults and families
low-income pregnant girls and women
Pregnancy Related Care Needs
including prenatal care, resource assistance, and parenting classes
families and individuals with
Family and Domestic Violence Care
including access to shelters, resource counseling, and case management