Young Leaders Society launches campaign to fund Get Connected program

Canton, Ohio (Oct. 1, 2019) — United Way of Greater Stark County’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) launched its “Five for Five” fundraising campaign today. In celebration of its fifth anniversary, YLS hopes to raise $5,000 from its membership by October 31 to benefit Get Connected, a United Way program that offers mentorship and job training opportunities to local high school students.

“YLS maintains a strong focus on education, so the decision to partner with Get Connected was an easy choice,” said Molly McDougal, YLS chair. “This incredible program helps Stark County students learn the skills they need to thrive in the workforce and strengthen our community.”

The grant funding for United Way’s Get Connected program finished at the end of last school year. Through this campaign and the support of YLS donors, the organization hopes to keep the program funded.

“Without additional funding, countless mentorship and professional development opportunities will cease to exist for students in our community,” said Laura Prengaman, director of corporate and volunteer engagement for United Way of Greater Stark County. “We need the support of YLS members to help keep this gateway to success open for tomorrow’s young leaders.”

To make a donation, visit Young professionals interested in joining YLS or hosting a fundraiser to support this cause can contact Laura Prengaman for more information at [email protected] or 330-491-9953.

About Young Leaders Society

United Way’s Young Leaders Society is a group of passionate young professionals who come together to educate, engage and inspire individuals across Greater Stark County. They harness their time and talents through mentorship, fundraising and volunteerism to activate education initiatives and build a better community. Education sets the foundation for the future, and it is the area where they believe they can make the greatest impact. As young leaders, their personal and professional success would not have been possible without support from mentors, teachers and advocates who helped them along the way. Now they’re paying it forward for the next generation. More information is available at

About United Way of Greater Stark County

United Way of Greater Stark County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to
join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crisis. Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities in Greater Stark County. In order to live better, we must live United. For more information about United Way of Greater Stark County visit Offices are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. (330) 491-0445.