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Young Leaders United

Connect. Serve. Lead.

The next generation of philanthropic leaders creating impact through the mission of United Way.

Unlock a Year of Purposeful Giving

Claim your 2024 YLU Membership with a $100 fundraising goal and elevate your impact in our community!

Member benefits include:

  • Early access & discounted tickets for YLU events,
  • Invites for unique community service projects,
  • Exclusive mentorship opportunities with United Way of Tucson Board of Directors,
  • …and more!

All funds raised help change the lives of more Opportunity Youth in our community.

 Young Leaders United (YLU) is United Way’s affinity group of young professionals who are passionate about connecting within our diverse community, are committed to serving Opportunity Youth, and leading by implementing positive impact throughout Southern Arizona.


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

Toast to Tucson Celebration

Friday, May 17th | 5:00-8:00 pm
Proper Shops Downtown |
300 E. Congress St. Tucson, AZ 85701

Join YLU’s inaugural fundraising event as we merge casual networking, interactive experiences, and the vibrant spirit of our incredible city. Celebrate the next generation of philanthropists who have a passion for making a positive impact!

Throughout the event, you will explore a diverse mix of local creatives, enjoy the rich flavors of Tucson’s culinary scene, and raise funds to further the United Way’s mission of building a thriving community.


Click here to learn more


Join YLU Today for a Better Tomorrow:

Elevate your impact and help shape a brighter future for Tucson and Southern Arizona! See membership details below.

General Membership

  • Early access & discounted tickets for Dive Bar Bus Tours (Spring & Winter)
  • Early access & discounted tickets for our annual signature event: Toast to Tucson (May)
  • Exclusive YLU pin
  • Invites to unique volunteer opportunities with fellow YLU Members
  • Invite to Roadrunner Night–limited discounted seats to cheer on our Tucson Roadrunners hockey team while a portion of proceeds will go directly to support Opportunity Youth

Executive Committee Membership

  • Receive all the perks of a General Membership
  • Leadership Giver status for the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
  • Opportunity to join steering committees and actively participate in event planning for YLU
  • Exclusive mentorship opportunities with United Way of Tucson Board of Directors

REGISTER:  Create your unique fundraising page and tell us a little about yourself!

RAISE FUNDS:  Either with direct contribution or community-powered fundraising!

JOIN THE MOVEMENT:  Engage in fun events, meaningful service projects, and the YLU mission of supporting Opportunity Youth in our community!


Laura Jones

Laura Jones

Sales Support Engineer – ERS ETO Caterpillar Global Mining | Resource Industries Operations and Product Division

YLU Executive Committee Co-Chair

Chris Gast

Chris Gast

Senior Director of Student Resources & Professor of Practice, University of Arizona

YLU Executive Committee Co-Chair

2023-2024 Executive Committee

Abby Cox
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Stephanie Goetz
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Patrick Ford
Sol Y Luna, Campus Life & Style

Mirsa Chaverry
Tucson Roadrunners

Liana Sharp
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Chris Stemple

Caroline Lewis
Pima County

Drew Karczewski
New York Life

Contact us to learn more about YLU:

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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.

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.