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How do you make lasting friendships in early adulthood? By finding other people your age that share the same values towards improving the community you live and work in.

passion for progress

United Way of Central Minnesota's Young Leaders United (YLU) group is made up of like-minded, similarly-aged individuals who come together to share a vision of empowering ourselves and bettering our community. We are diverse professionals whose joy for service and passion for progress reverberate throughout the causes we undertake. Additional activities include: 

  • Monthly Networking Events
  • Professional Development Sessions
  • Access to United Way Partners, CEOs, & Companies
  • Volunteer Community Engagements
    And Many More!

YLU isn’t just another young professionals group. It’s a chance to associate with other civic-minded rising stars, make a palpable, enduring impact in Central Minnesota, enjoy member-only perks and socials, and have fun!

young & fun

Young Leaders United is business in the front...with a little bit of party in the back. Yes, it’s true, you'll get invited to networking happy hours, beer/wine tastings and bowling socials but these events are used to gather input and plan our school reading programs, volunteer days at the food pantry or evenings delivering hot meals to seniors.

Ultimately, Young Leaders United is your chance to join other changemakers. We procure luncheons with CEOs, speeches from successful entrepreneurs and leadership training sessions to help you take the next step in your career.

personal development

As a YLU member, your input is valued and your commitment to building relationships is what really helps us thrive. And you'll thrive too! Being a part of an affinity group, like YLU, brings together individuals with similar interests and according to Career Toolbelt, you'll also: 

  • Connect with your community
  • Deepen relationships and find mentors
  • Gain knowledge
  • Find leadership opportunities
  • Implement changes and improvements

get involved

We welcome anyone ages 18-35 who are looking to plant their roots in Central Minnesota and make a difference. The relationships you make today could end up changing the direction of your life tomorrow. To get more information click "Join the Cause" below and select YLU or email

Raise Your Hand  Raise your hand and join our community in the fight for change on behalf of  the students, families, businesses, and neighborhoods who call Central  Minnesota home. Join the Cause 

Published on Feb 24, 2021 9:20:00 AM

Topics: Advocate, Join the Cause, Volunteer