Young Leaders Society

United Way for Greater Austin’s (UWATX) Young Leaders Society (YLS) is a diverse network of young professionals under 40 who are passionate about helping families overcome barriers to economic barriers.

Through unique networking events, meaningful volunteering and learning opportunities, members leverage their collective power to connect, serve and grow.


Why Engage

  • Be part of a community of like-minded young professionals under 40 dedicated to the idea that together we can create a thriving community for all Austinites.
  • Learn more about the critical issues and solutions impacting our community.
  • Volunteer with UWATX-vetted programs alongside others looking to create change.
  • Network and collaborate with a diverse group of business and community leaders at exclusive events

Join Us

Great things happen when we come together. Young Leaders Society membership is open to donors giving $250 or more annually to UWATX. To join or learn more, contact Nikki Willison at or 512.225.0392.


Hear from a Member


Frances Jordan

“The United Way is a great way to make a difference in your community while being around some fun, and loving people. Although many think that United Way is this big enitity, and it’s hard to get know everyone involved, the United Way of Greater Austin is definitely a family that works together to make a difference in Austin, and in the surrounding areas.

YLS has definitely helped me meet new young professionals, and also has given me the opportunity to interact with seasoned professionals who care about volunteering their own time and donating through their networks and companies. The dropout prevention work is important because many of the kids involved the program are in the same position my parents were in when they were growing up. Although I was fortunate to have parents who attended college, assisted me in getting through high school and finding the best college, everyone doesn’t have the same access.”

Ready to change lives?

Every day in Austin, we’re working to ensure each child has access to high-quality education, every family has the tools they need to be financially stable, and health and human services are readily available for all.

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