Young Leaders Society

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.


YLS Textbook scholarship

Our textbook scholarship fund provides $1,000 scholarships, renewable up to four years, to first-generation college students. The 2019 Scholarship submission period has ended.

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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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    Steering Committee

    • Aly Brine, Marathon Petroleum Company LP Ohio Refining Division
    • Kathryn Cusma, Brown Local Schools
    • 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, Chair
    • Ryan McMichael, McMichael Chiropractic Health & Wellness
    • Alison Oyler, The Karcher Group
    • Drew Pegler, The Pelger Agency
    • Mandy Pelger, Canton City School District
    • Timothy Ruby, The Karcher Group, Vice Chair
    • Drew Tornow, Sirak Financial Services
    • Matthew Widders, TimkenSteel Corporation

    Contact us for details about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

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