Young Leaders Society

United Way Young Leaders Society (YLS) is a group of passionate young professionals (age 35 and under) who come together to educate, engage and inspire students across Greater Stark County. We harness our time and talents through mentorship, fundraising and volunteerism to activate education initiatives and build a better community.


YLS Scholarship Applications open

College textbooks are a necessary, but costly, expense that is not typically covered by academic scholarships. Our Young Leaders Society (YLS) helps ease that burden for high school students through its textbook scholarship fund. This scholarship is a $1,000 award, renewable for up to four years, created to offset the expense of books needed to further a student’s education after high school.

The 2023 scholarship applications deadline is March 31, 2024.



Donations will be used directly to support YLS activities such as Hoodies for the Holidays and Textbook Scholarship. 

Questions about YLS or membership? Contact Brett Pinson or Madison Evans

If you have already given through a workplace and are interested in joining YLS, please contact Carrie Clemens at [email protected] or 330-491-9974.

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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

Upcoming Events

Latest Past Events

C.A.M.P. Student Seminar: Career Day

Early College High School 1400 Broad Ave NW, Canton

C.A.M.P. is looking for young professional volunteers to represent a few careers at their upcoming Career Day. The event will take place on Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 2 pm - 4 pm at Early College High School. There will be 5 career tables set up to represent each of the following areas and students will rotate through to hear ...

Young Leaders Society (YLS) A New Era: Kick-off Social 2022

Employers Health Meeting Center 4771 Fulton Drive NW, Canton

Come join us as we kick-off a new era of YLS! Learn about our mission to mentor Stark County high school students and support their development into strong future leaders. Hear from special guest speaker, Tom Venturella, Director of the C.A.M.P. Program.  C.A.M.P. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing high school students for success in their careers. RSVP by ...

YLS Double Dash: Race to the Finish

Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10 AM EDT – 1 PM EDT Join Young Leaders Society in a "Race to the Finish" to support our Textbook Scholarship Fund! Gather your team (4-6 people) and sign up to secure your spot for a Scavenger Hunt. The game will take place on GooseChase so each teammate can contribute through the app on ...