Young Leaders Society

The United Way of West Alabama’s Young Leaders Society builds the next generation of community leaders by offering leadership roles in service projects and chances to serve on select partner agency boards and inspiring philanthropy and volunteerism among its members.

  • In 2022, YLS Executive Committee Members:
  • Volunteered with 21 non-profits and 5 PTSO/PTAs
  • Provided 1,200 Community Service Hours, saving organizations $35,940 in labor.
  • Served on 7 Partner Agency Boards of Directors

Become a United Way Leader

Individuals between the ages of 21-45 who are committed to improving education, health, and income stability in West Alabama and who pledge an annual United Way gift are encouraged to join YLS.


2023 Nominations Are Open!

Nominate an outstanding individual (age 21-45) who has improved the quality of life for others in West Alabama through exceptional volunteer efforts, community service, corporate stewardship or government advocacy for a West Alabama Young Leaders Award (WAYLA).

The nomination deadline is Thursday, November 30, 2023.

Honorees are celebrated during the annual awards luncheon. Each honoree is presented with a trophy, has his/her name added to the WAYLA perpetual plaque, and most importantly, gets to select a local nonprofit to receive a $500 donation in his/her name. Read more about the awards and view past honorees when you scroll down the page.

Contact Us

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