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.


let's give five-for-five

This year marks the fifth anniversary of our Young Leaders Society. To celebrate, we're raising $5,000 to support Get Connected, a United Way program that provides mentoring and job training to local high schoolers.

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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 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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