Young Leaders Society

We are young professionals passionate about improving our community as we build our careers.

Why join YLS?

There are many worthwhile groups for young professionals in Columbia…so what makes YLS different? For one thing, we’re affiliated with the United Way, a four-star charity that addresses local needs right here in the Midlands. Through our work, you can be sure that you’re making the biggest impact with your limited time and making connections with your peers that will last a lifetime.

How to Join

Join YLS and enjoy networking and volunteer opportunities that will help you give back and feel good. Ages 21-40 welcome! 

Required donation to join YLS:

  • Ages 21-29: $250 annually | $21 a month
  • Ages 30-40: $500 annually | $42 a month

If you pay the annual requirement in a lump sum, you can join online

To pay incrementally with yearly, quarterly, or monthly donations, download our membership form.
Submit completed donation forms to:
United Way of the Midlands
Attn: Katie Levkoff
1818 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC 29201  

Questions?

Contact:
Katie Levkoff
United Way Philanthropy Officer
klevkoff@uway.org
803.733.5120

Reading really is fundamental.

Research shows that raising a child in a home filled with books creates better academic outcomes later in life. Our “Be a Book Bunny” program distributes literacy bags to over 500 students served by the Midlands Reading Consortium to help children build personal libraries at home. With your help, we can encourage reading both in and out of the classroom to help kids develop healthy reading habits that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

Give Back, Have Fun

YLS donors enjoy many exclusive opportunities throughout the year, including volunteer projects, professional development and networking opportunities, and invitations to signature events like the YLS Oyster Roast and Cocktails & Conversations.

Upcoming Events

Aug 14

Summer of 20-Fun | YLS Kickoff

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After months of Zooms, Teams and virtual events, the Young Leaders Society (YLS) is back in person and we’re ready to celebrate. Join YLS as we kick-off the summer of twenty-fun with a morning (9 AM-Noon) of volunteering at MIRCI and Homeless No More, followed by Tiki Night at Steel Hands Brewing...

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