Young Leaders United

Young Leaders United is a collection of innovative, diverse and passionate members of the Greater St. Cloud community.

We LIVE UNITED in our mission to use our time, talent, and resources to create positive, lasting change in Central Minnesota through volunteerism, advocacy, and philanthropy.

Your donation makes a difference, and not just anywhere…

“When I was first asked to donate, I thought to myself that I had my own things to pay off and had things I wanted to buy for myself. Once I took the time to look into what $250 can do for someone else, I quickly changed my thinking.

$250 can provide 77 meals for low-income kids during the summer, or it would pay for 14 nights of lodging for someone experiencing homelessness, or it would provide 100 books to the Imagination Library.

When you think about it what would you have done with that extra $10 per paycheck, gone out for lunch, bought a few coffees, happy hour with friends? Your donation makes a difference, and not just anywhere, it makes a difference in this community.”

– Hanna Lord, Young Leaders United Co-Chair


Why Should You Get Involved?

Learn about key issues impacting Central Minnesota
Connect with like-minded peers and community leaders
Network with community groups and individuals
Engage with the community through volunteer opportunities
Support local initiatives that are fighting structural inadequacies in our local community
Lead your community by being an agent of change


How can you get involved?


Contact Lauren VanGerpen, (320)229-3513 or email with questions, to subscribe to a quarterly newsletter, learn about open YLU leadership volunteer positions, or other ways to get involved! Then join our Facebook group to stay connected.


Events & Volunteer Opportunities 

Current Opportunities

July & August 2019  Backpack Bash!

Summer 2019 Workplace Impact Champion Training

August 2019 Bus Pull


Sponsor Young Leaders United


Contact Lauren VanGerpen (320)229-3513 or email for information about how you can support the emerging leaders of Central Minnesota.


Young Leaders in Giving


Young Leaders in Giving receive benefits such as recognition and acknowledgment as a YLIG,  invitations to exclusive opportunities to volunteer, network, meet local leaders and engage with the local community.

Young Leaders in Giving are donors between the ages of 18 and 35 who give a gift of $250 or more per year. And you don’t have to pay all at once! Click here to donate and become a Young Leader in Giving!


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to be a donor in order to get involved?

A: You do not have to be a donor to United Way in order to participate. Time and talent are valuable resources. We want to make sure that anyone who is interested in participating is able.

Q: Is there a membership requirement to join/ what are the expectations?

A: YLU hosts opportunities to connect, serve, & lead. Everyone is welcome, but there are no required meetings you have to attend. Basically, you control how much or how little you want to be involved.

Q: What does a typical Young Leader opportunity look like?

A: Since our bus tour kick off in June of 2015, YLU partners with the community to host a variety of volunteer, educational, & social opportunities to engage with the community. Canvas Painting for a Cause, Cribbage for a Cause, Kick Summer Hunger Kickball Tournament, Midnight Run, Toys for Tots, Backpack Bash.

YLU Connect

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