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.
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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.
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Prepare children to start school ready to learn and thrive

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Support young people with high-quality, compassionate mentorship

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Help students plan for success in a career or college

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October 2019

YLS Stone Soup

October 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
ONE Center for Leadership, 901 Tuscarawas Street E
Canton, OH 44707 United States
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Young Leaders Society and C.A.M.P. Stone Soup   |   Saturday, October 12   |   9am – 11am   |   ONE Center for Leadership, 901 Tuscarawas Street E, Canton, Ohio, 44707 Stone Soup, based on the children's story, is a favorite volunteer activity for so many! For this event, we are partnering with the students at C.A.M.P. as a mentoring opportunity to gather motivated high school students and young professionals to assemble meals for those in need in our community. Join us, much…

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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

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