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.


Textbook Scholarship

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.

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Share college & career advice with a local student!

Volunteer to participate in the Young Leaders Society Pen Pal Project as a way of sharing encouragement and inspiration to local high school seniors planning for their college career.

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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 Carroll and Stark Counties.

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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June 2019

June 2019 Family-Friendly YLS Mixer

June 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Martindale Park, 4001 Martindale Road NE
Canton, OH 44714 United States
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Mark it on your calendar! Young Leaders Society (YLS) will be at Martindale Park on Saturday, June 29th from 4-6pm for some good food (George's Sliders and Chips!), outdoor fun and mingling - all while doing some good for our community. We are collecting laundry detergent for our CARE Teams in Stark County schools.  All you need to do is register ahead of time so we know how many people are coming (there is limited space!) then bring a container…

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October 2019

YLS & C.A.M.P. Stone Soup 2019

October 12, 2019 @ 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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November 2020

YLS Virtual College Planning Seminar

November 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Young Leaders Society Virtual College Planning Seminar Saturday November 7th, 1 – 2:30pm For high school students, planning for college is much more than filling out an application. It’s an exciting – and at times challenging – process. But with the right help, we can make it a little easier. United Way of Greater Stark County's Young Leaders Society is hosting a virtual College Planning Seminar for high school seniors and their families. Presented by Courtney Johnson-Benson, Senior Assistant Director…

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Steering Committee

  • Heather Baker, AultCare
  • Aly Brine, Aly Brine Coaching
  • Kathryn Cusma, Brown Local Schools
  • Lauren Higgins, H-P Products, Inc.
  • Kristin Hooten, YWCA Canton
  • Autaum Kendle, Community Volunteer, Chair
  • Deanna Kidwell, Schauer Group, Inc.
  • Molly McDougal, The Karcher Group
  • Alison Oyler, The Karcher Group
  • Mandy Pelger, Canton City School District
  • Brett Pinson, Employers Health
  • Brandon Rohrer, Massillon Museum
  • Timothy Ruby, The Karcher Group
  • Aashawnti West, Walsh University

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