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: $500 annually | $42 a month
  • Ages 30-40: $1,000 annually | $83 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: Kalyn Duguay
1818 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC 29201  


Kalyn Duguay
United Way Leadership Program Director

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.

Learning with Leaders: Pivoting Healthcare in 2020

YLS will host a panel to discuss how the 2020 pandemic activated a new digital frontier in healthcare. Learn how providers pivoted from traditional clinical operations to virtual in unprecedented time through the use of innovative technologies: virtual access and triaging, video visits across various care settings, chatbot automation, and remote patient monitoring.

Upcoming Events

Apr 19

Volunteer Week 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021 - Saturday, April 24, 2021

Click here to find options to volunteer in-person, virtually and remotely. There is something for everyone! Join us in celebrating volunteerism right here in the Midlands by giving back!

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YLS Signature Sponsor