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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

See You at Corbett!

Join Young Leaders United for our upcoming Social Hour!
We are excited to see new and familiar faces, enjoy some apps, drinks, and network with other young professionals in the Tucson community. 

Space is limited, please make sure you RSVP below!

Wednesday, June 14th, 5-7 pm
Corbett Brewing Company
: 309 E 7th St.


Click here to RSVP


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.


2018-2019 Successes

Raised more than $3500
Donated eight chess sets for Goodwill Metro
Donated 514 Backpacks for the Backpack Project and volunteered for the Installation event
Helped host the Backpack Project Distribution event, in which more than 2500 backpacks were distributed to various agencies supporting Opportunity Youth
Restocked the snack pantry at Goodwill Metro
Offered interactive art workshops for Opportunity Youth
Hosted a Holiday party for Opportunity Youth enrolled in Goodwill Metro
Assisted two United Youth Leadership Council members with per diem amounts on their trip to a national conference
Funded smartphones for two United Youth Leadership Council Members
Renewed our Smart phone service for a year to two United Youth Leadership Council members
Volunteered at Ben’s Bells
Continued our mentorships with members of the United Youth Leadership Council

View Past Events

Take a look at photos from recent events HERE!

Get More Involved

Join our Steering Committee! YLU is looking for dedicated young professionals to join our Executive Committee for the 2019-2020 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. Free Board development opportunities are also available.

For More Information

For more information contact us here.