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.


West Alabama Young Leaders Awards


There is still time to submit nominations for United Way of West Alabama's 7th annual West Alabama Young Leader Awards. Please take a few minutes to nominate individuals aged 21-45, who go the extra mile to serve West Alabama through volunteerism, community service, corporate stewardship or government advocacy – and who inspire those around them to do the same.

Award winners will be recognized at the 7th Annual WAYLA event in 2023 (Embassy Suites, date TBD). They will receive the following:

  • A commemorative plaque/award
  • Name on a perpetual plaque at the United Way of West Alabama 
  • $500 donation in their name to the West Alabama nonprofit of their choice

Send your nominations to:

Previous Years



2021 - Heyward Gould
2020 - Jennifer Naves
2019 - David R. Pass
2018 - Thomas Powe
2017 - Max Karrh
2016 - Eric Heslop

United in Service Awards

2017 - Matt Hood
2017 - Derek Osborn
2017 - Samuel Paster
2017 - Patricia Parnell Powe
2016 - Chris Brubeck
2016 - Patrick Hamner
2016 - Anna Johnson
2016 - Rodney Pelt, Sr.

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 of at least $500 by their fifth year (1st year $100, 2nd year $200, 3rd year $300…) serving are encouraged to join YLS.

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