Young Leaders Society

The United Way Young Leaders Society (YLS) is a group of passionate young professionals who come together to educate, engage and inspire individuals across Greater Stark County. We harness our time and talents through mentorship, fundraising and volunteerism to activate education initiatives and build a better community.


Apply for our Textbook scholarship

Our textbook scholarship fund provides $1,000 scholarships, renewable up to four years, to first-generation college students. Apply for this year’s award by Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

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Become a Member

Give your time and talents to education service projects and planning committees. Grow your network with community-minded young professionals. Guide the future leaders of greater Stark County.

Our Impact

service hours
donated in 2017

    Our Focus

    Education sets the foundation for the future, and it is the area where we believe we can make the greatest impact. As young leaders, our personal and professional success would not have been possible without support from mentors, teachers and advocates who helped us along the way. Now we’re paying it forward for the next generation.

    Prepare children to start school ready to learn and thrive


    Support young people with high-quality, compassionate mentorship


    Help students plan for success in a career or college

    Our Initiatives

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    March 2019

    Canton Prom

    March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    The Historic Onesto, 225 2nd Street NW
    Canton, Ohio 44702 United States
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    Join us for the annual Young Leaders Society fundraising event!

    Proceeds from this event fund a scholarship which YLS offers to first-generation college students in the area. Your ticket purchase will help support the academic success of local students.

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    Steering Committee

    • Aly Brine, Marathon Petroleum Company LP Ohio Refining Division
    • Felicia Fullerton, Aultcare
    • Derek Gordon, Stark County District Library
    • Emily Gordon, Artful Living Program
    • Courtney Johnson-Benson, The University of Akron
    • Deanna Kidwell, Schauer Group, Inc.
    • Molly McDougal, The Karcher Group, Vice Chair
    • Ryan McMichael, McMichael Chiropractic Health & Wellness
    • Alison Oyler, The Karcher Group
    • Drew Pegler, The Pelger Agency
    • Mandy Pelger, Canton City School District
    • Laura Prengaman, United Way of Greater Stark County, Chair
    • Timothy Ruby, The Karcher Group
    • Matthew Widders, TimkenSteel Corporation

    Contact us for details about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

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