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.

Take your first step towards doing good by joining this group of fun and fantastic young individuals. Young Leaders know it takes time and money to truly make a difference so they’re joining together to make an even bigger impact.

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.


Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities 


April 23rd & April 24th       Llama Llama Read to Children Volunteer Opportunity 

May 7th – May 28th      United University Board Training

May 17th      Kick Summer Hunger 2019


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 the United Way in order to participate. We realize that many young professionals want to give of their time and talents, and we want to make sure that anyone who is interested in participating is able.

Q: Is there a fee or membership requirement to join?

A: There is no membership requirement or fee to be involved in Young Leaders United. YLU will host regular opportunities to engage with our community, and if you want to participate you can, 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 volunteer opportunity look like?

A: At least every other month, Young Leaders United hosts a specific volunteering opportunity for young people in Central Minnesota. Since our bus tour kick off in June of 2015, we’ve hosted a variety of volunteer opportunities around the community. Here are some highlights:

Canvas Painting for a Cause
Toys for Tots
Tie Blankets and Holiday Baskets

YLU Connect

Young Leaders United News