Posts Categorized: Young Leaders Society

Holiday Volunteering with YLS

On Saturday, December 14th, United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) gathered to volunteer at the annual Kelly Hall YMCA Holiday Party. The holiday party is an exciting time for the Humboldt Park neighborhood, affording area residents an opportunity to celebrate the holidays in a way they would not be able to do without help from the YMCA. Through United Way, YLS was asked to help make this a memorable experience for the second consecutive year. Morning volunteers prepped for the… Read more »

CEO Fireside Chat with Dorri McWhorter

I recently had the privilege of attending a CEO Fireside chat hosted by the United Way Young Leaders Society (YLS) featuring Dorri McWhorter, CEO of YWCA Chicago. It was a unique opportunity for me to meet YLS Premier Members and engage one-on-one with Dorri. I have seen and heard of Dorri through her leadership with the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, so I was especially thrilled to meet her on a more personal level. We started off the roundtable chat… Read more »

The Young Leaders Society Commitment to Education

This year, United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) has made on-going volunteerism their top priority. As a result, YLS has partnered with the In2Books program and a United Way partner agency AUSL to make a measurable impact this academic year. In2Books is a digital pen pal volunteer opportunity where each volunteer reads 5 books throughout an academic year with their pen pal and exchange discussion letters through a secure online inbox. Each book represents a different genre and is directly… Read more »

Join the Young Leaders Society

The Young Leaders Society (YLS) is United Way’s young professional affinity group dedicated to fundraising and advocating for United Way. Complete the form below to learn more about YLS membership, upcoming events, and more!

Young Leaders Society Executive Committee

Courtney Patterson: Executive ChairClinical Pharmacy Manager, Franciscan Alliance       John Griffin: Executive Vice ChairAssociate, Madison Dearborn Partners       John Czerwionka: Member Development ChairRelationship Manager, Northern Trust       Chey Hsiao: Community Outreach ChairSenior Project Architect, SMNG-A Architects       Sarah Lynn: Special Events ChairConference Services Manager, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower       Alexa Plew: Communications ChairChicago Marketing Manager, Eventbrite       Brett Taylor: Ambassador Relations ChairSpecial Projects Coordinator, Office of the President,… Read more »

Schurz High School: Murals & More!

United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) joined forces with Comcast and City Year on Saturday, April 27, 2013 to transform and uplift Carl Schurz High School with painting, landscaping, and construction projects in Chicago’s Irving Park Community. Over 50 YLS members joined forces with 500 other volunteers from across the city. During this massive undertaking, YLS tackled several hallways, painting murals and inspirational quotes a student-run committee selected. They selected image they felt would help fuel  school pride and spirit…. Read more »

YLS Member Spotlight: Ieisha Montgomery

Ieisha Montgomery (pictured center right), one of the Young Leaders Society’s Premier Members, gives back to her community through more than just  monetary  donations – she also gives her time. Read on to find out her favorite YLS volunteer project, her job analyzing different country risk scenarios and what she has to say to those considering a YLS membership.       Why did you join YLS, and what is your current role with YLS?I joined YLS because I believe… Read more »

Produce Day with Young Leaders Society

Despite how ill-prepared I was for the cold, the Libby School Produce Day was a huge success. I made a statement (not a request) to my boss letting him know I would not be coming to work Friday, as my time would be better served at the volunteer event. Surprisingly, he  didn’t  put up a fight and actually told me our company has days allocated for volunteering—something to keep in mind and definitely ask your boss about if you haven’t… Read more »

YLS Volunteers at Kelly Hall YMCA Holiday Party

The Young Leaders Society teamed up with the Kelly Hall YMCA on December 15 to help assist families in need with their annual holiday party.  All the volunteers got to experience the joy of giving during this holiday season.  Our group joined the festivities early so we helped set up.  There were so many gifts and so many volunteers that I heard someone mention “organized chaos” to describe that early phase.  But in no time, and with some assertive leadership,… Read more »

YLS Member Spotlight: Aimee Mandolini

YLS has afforded Aimee Mandolini the opportunity to add a direct leadership component to her volunteer experiences. Aimee, a competitive football player, has run with the opportunity. Read on to learn about her role on the Membership Committee, her job with the Illinois Network of Charter Schools and her favorite book (it’s timeless). Why did you join YLS, and what is your current role with YLS? Whereas the purpose of YLS has been established to encourage the spirit of philanthropy… Read more »