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

Oct 21

Learning With Leaders: Take Your Personal Branding to the Next Level

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please join YLS and presenter Derrick Rhems of truGrowth Marketing, LLC for an engaging and informative Learning with Leaders discussion on personal branding as a young professional via Zoom from 5-5:30 PM. Afterwards, take the opportunity to put your new skills into action by signing up for a mini...

Oct 24

Tea Talk: LGBTQ+ and Healthcare

Sunday, October 24, 2021 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Please join YLS for afternoon tea as we have a community conversation surrounding healthcare, mental illness and homelessness in the Midlands on Oct. 24 from 1-3 PM at femme x Columbia. The moderator for this discussion will be Merrell Johnson, MIRCI's Marketing and Development Officer. Panelists...

Oct 29

Trunk or Treat

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Join YLS and Homeless No More to provide a Trunk or Treat for the kids! Grab a costume and bring your A game to win a prize for best decorated car, or just come on over for the fun! Location: Homeless No More YLS attendees planning to decorate car trunks must bring their own candy and register their...

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