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.

WAYLAs - West Alabama Young Leaders Awards


The West Alabama Young Leaders of the Year Awards are presented by United Way of West Alabama’s Young Leaders Society and highlight individuals ages 21-45 who have improved the quality of life in West Alabama through volunteerism, community service, corporate stewardship, or government advocacy. The Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding young leaders residing and working in West Alabama who are making a positive community impact.

Thank you for all of your recent nominations.
The 2021/2022 Class of Honorees to be announced soon!!



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

United in Service Awards

2020 - Que Chandler
2020 - Josh Hayes
2020 - Lauren Pezent
2020 - Jasmine Rainey
2020- Kelsey Rush
2019 - Brian Groeschell
2019 - Dr. Monte Linebarger
2019 - Angela Martin
2019 - Whitni Molden
2019 - Ryan Stallings
2018 - Jheovanny Gomez
2018 - Chris Gunter
2018 - Caroline Williams
2018 - JacQuan Winters
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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