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.


Worried about having money for textbooks?

YLS awards textbook scholarships up to $1,000, renewable for up to four years. The scholarship was created to help offset the expense of college textbooks needed to further a student’s education after high school.

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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

Upcoming Events

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March 2021

Canton Prom

March 27, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Royal Docks Brewhouse & Cannery, 5646 Wales Avenue NW
Massillon, OH 44646 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

  • Heather Baker, AultCare
  • Aly Brine, Aly Brine Coaching
  • Kathryn Cusma, Brown Local Schools
  • Emily Gordon, Artful Living Program
  • Courtney Johnson-Benson, The University of Akron
  • Autaum Kendle, Community Volunteer
  • Deanna Kidwell, Schauer Group, Inc.
  • Ricky Lovell, Meyers Lake YMCA, Vice Chair
  • Molly McDougal, The Karcher Group, Chair
  • Alison Oyler, The Karcher Group
  • Mandy Pelger, Canton City School District
  • Brett Pinson, Employers Health
  • Timothy Ruby, The Karcher Group, Chair
  • Drew Tornow, Sirak Financial Services
  • Matthew Widders, TimkenSteel Corporation

Contact us for details about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

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