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  


Katie Levkoff
United Way Philanthropy Officer

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

Dec 08

Learning with Leaders

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please join YLS for a virtual panel discussion on how to navigate and assist aging family members on December 8, 2021 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM via Zoom. The moderator for this discussion will be Patrick Cobb, Associate State Director of Communications at AARP. Panelists include Andrew Boozer...

Dec 11

Salvation Army Christmas Warehouse

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join YLS as we help sort toys, assemble gift bags and distribute gifts to families served by United Way Community Impact Partner, Salvation Army of the Midlands. Bring a friend (or several!) to assist us in fulfilling wishes and causing so many excited, smiling faces this holiday season. This is one...

Dec 14

Kendra Scott Percentage Day

In-Store: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 | 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Pick out a perfect Kendra Scott holiday gift this season while benefitting the United Way of the Midlands Young Leaders Society! Make a difference with your holiday shopping in-store, December 15 from 4:00-7:00 PM, or online, December 14 and 15, by providing the code: GIVEBACK-ATTBR when you check...

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