United Way of Central Florida

Young Leaders

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What is YLS? 

The United Way of Central Florida Young Leaders Society is a group of young adults, recommended age 21 - 45, who make an individual pledge of $1,000 or more. By actively participating in annual campaigns, volunteering and community building projects, these Young Leaders are making a lasting, positive impact in our community. 


While giving alone has its own reward, a YLS membership brings along with it some additional opportunities:

  • Invitations to all Leadership networking and social events, including the Belt Buckle Bash. 
  • Special volunteer opportunites, such as Cocktails and Conversation and Dinner with 12 Strangers, which connects YLS members with established community leaders, allowing them to grow personally and professionally
  • Lunch N Learn sessions which give members the opportunity to learn more about United Way and the impact of their gift. 
  • Social events with like minded young professionals from across our community, such as the Annual Aprons Event and Celebration. 


YLS Step-Up Program

Allows donors to contribute a minimum of $250 their first year, with the intention to step up to $1,000 by their fourth year of membership. Members participating in the step-up program immediately begin enjoying the benefits of YLS membership and are recognized as United Way of Central Florida Leadership Givers. 

Katherine Fitzwater

Katherie Fitzwater, Curious Jane

2016 YLS Chair


 Upcoming YLS Events, (please look out for emails on the upcoming events to register. If you are not able to receive our emails, please contact Cyril Etienne at cyril.etienne@uwcf.org or 863.648.1500 ext. 269):

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August 25, 2016- 2016 YLS Celebration - Annual celebration at Masons Live. No cost to attend. Friends and guests encouraged. Benefitting My Brother's Keeper. 


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October 11, 2016 - Network opportunity for YLS to connect with the Winter Haven community at Grove Roots. No cost to attend. 


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November 15, 2016 - Lunch N Learn for YLS members and Tocqueville Society to develop leadership and Philanthropic development. 


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December 3, 2016 - Annual holiday event with Publix Aprons chef and paired wines. Perfect for your next holiday gathering! 


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January 14, 2017 - Annual Leadership Giving Association appreciation event at Rocking H Ranch. YLS members free admission. 


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January 26, 2017 - A private dinner event for YLS members to learn and connect with a Tocqueville Society member. 




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