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Young Leaders United

Connect. Serve. Lead.

Young leaders creating impact through the mission of United Way.  

Young Leaders United (YLU) is United Way’s affinity group of young professionals who share in connecting with like-minded people, are committed to serving opportunity youth and leading by implementing impact throughout Southern Arizona.

Young Leaders United is excited to announce United Way’s partnership with Tucson Young Professionals, with the goal of building a stronger, more equitable Tucson and Southern Arizona. Both organizations will benefit through networking, communications, philanthropic efforts, and more.


Network with other like-minded young professionals in the Southern Arizona community. Connect with prominent community leaders and other local philanthropists through various hosted events.


Committed to serving opportunity youth in the local community in both impactful and meaningful ways through various fundraisers and partnered events. Our service focus is Opportunity Youth, who are individuals ages 16-24 currently disengaged from school and work due to systemic barriers out of their control. Serving this group means helping them gain access to supportive services such as housing, mental health support, food, toiletries, and workforce training.


We lead by example, committing to service and building a thriving community by investing our time, talent, and treasure. We are inspired by mentoring future generations of young professionals and philanthropists. Offering both leadership positions and opportunities for growth within YLU and United Way of Tucson.

Upcoming Events

Stay Tuned!

We’re working hard on our next fun engagement opportunities–check back soon to see what’s coming up!
Until then, you can help support our mission of uplifting local Opportunity Youth by making a donation to YLU at the link below ⇓


General Membership

  • No minimum financial contribution
  • Invitation to all YLU events (some may have a nominal fee to attend)

Steering Committee

  • Opportunity to be more actively involved in planning events for the group and offered a seat on the Executive Committee after one year of active involvement.

Executive Committee

  • Limited to general members who have been actively engaged for at least a year and have become a Leadership Donor ($500 or more contribution to United Way).
  • Executive Committee members will plan all events and direct decisions of the group.

2022-2023 Successes

Raised more than $2,700
Provided supplies for Halloween Party at Goodwill’s Re-Engagement Center
Partnered with Tucson Young Professionals to provide philanthropic support
Worked with local Opportunity Youth artists to host a silent auction at Tucson Young Professionals Holiday Party in December 2022
Hosted a local artist led art class at EON Youth Lounge
Celebrated the grand opening of Goodwill’s new Re-Engagement Center at 22nd and Kolb in April 2023
Offered interactive art workshops for Opportunity Youth
Worked with various volunteer groups to build hygiene kits to be distributed to Opportunity Youth

View Past Events

Take a look at photos from recent events HERE!

Get More Involved

Join our Executive Committee! YLU is looking for dedicated young professionals to join our Executive Committee for the 2023-2024 year. If you are passionate about giving back and want to get more involved in your community, join us! This is a great first step for professionals interested in joining Boards or becoming more active in the community. 

For More Information

For more information contact us here.