April 30, 2019 - Volunteer with us as we host Friendship Ark Homes
YLS is hosting a May Basket event for our friends at Friendship Ark Homes! Friendship Ark provides homes for persons with intellectual disabilities that celebrate their uniqueness and helps them reach their fullest potential. For this May Day volunteer opportunity, YLS members will help prep and restock supplies for attendees from Friendship Ark Homes while they create fun baskets. Friendship Ark then plans to deliver their creations to nursing homes the next day. Your assistance in the project will help make a memorable experience for all!
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 9:45-11:15
United Way of STory County, 315 Clark Ave, Ames, Iowa 50010
April 3, 2019 - Joint Tocqueville/YLS Appreciation
Members are invited to join us for an exclusive evening for our Tocqueville Society donors ($10,000+) and Young Leader Society members at Brush (formerly Creative Spirits). There will be hosted appetizers, custom art, and a short program at 5:20pm.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 5-6p
Brush, 4820 Mortensen Road, Ames, Iowa 50014
February 27, 2019 - YLS Mental Health Resources Panel
Join YLS for a panel discussion on the growing issue of mental health needs. Learn the new ways organizations are meeting those needs and referring to United Way funded programs. The panel will include representatives from Mary Greeley Medical Center, McFarland Clinic, and Ames Community School District. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the complexity of providing mental health care and resources available in our community.
Wednesday, February 27 at 12:00pm
Mary Greeley Medical Center Atrium A Conference Room
(Parking available in ramp; room is just off of the sky walk.)
Complimentary lunch for members.
December 5, 2018 - Building Financial Stability
Join YLS as we learn about financial stability in our communities, including the barriers to financial stability and solutions we can help provide.
Sara Zejnic, UWSC Community Impact Director, will review new research about the cost of living in Story County and what that means for our community. We'll also have an interactive look at the choices families are making to better understand the actions we can all take to build stability.
Wednesday, December 5 at 4:00pm
The Cornucopia, 6008 Lincoln Way, Ames IA 50014
Refreshments will include a coffee bar and dessert.
September 7 , 2018 - Volunteer with us on Day of Caring
Come spend the morning volunteering with YLS during Day of Caring! We'll start by attending the United Way kickoff together at 7:30 and then head over to ACPC, a partner agency, to work on painting and other site projects. This is a fun, hands-on way to give back and spend time with other young philanthropists. Plus - you'll get a custom LIVE UNITED t-shirt for helping out!
July 27, 2018 - Time, Talent, Treasure Kickoff
United Way Young Leaders Society wants you to join the movement. Come learn more about this group and network with other young philanthropists at the 2018 YLS Kickoff. The program will include an update of United Way’s work and a talent spotlight with three passionate community members featured:
Bill Fennelly, ISU Women’s Basketball Coach and 2018 United Way Campaign Chair
Aileen Sullivan, Ames High Chemistry Teacher and 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year
Austin Woodin, Financial Advisor and YLS Supporter
Friday, July 27 from 12:00-1:00 pm
Jethro's BBQ, 1301 Buckeye Ave, Ames
Free lunch courtesy of Ames Ford Lincoln
June 4, 2018 - Joint Tocqueville/YLS Appreciation
Join us for an exclusive evening for our Tocqueville Society donors ($10,000+) and Young Leader Society members, hosted by Tocqueville Campaign Chair David Spalding and his wife, Marianne, at Torrent Brewing Company. Hear how your generous donation is propelling United Way's mission to impact the health, education, and financial stability for everyone in Story County.
Monday, June 4 from 5:30-6:30pm
Torrent Brewing Company, 504 Burnett Ave in Ames
May 15, 2018 - Talk about human trafficking in Story County
Human trafficking is more than just a buzz word in the national media. Ruth Buckels from YSS, a United Way partner agency, will educate our group on this important topic and what resources exist to combat human trafficking. This informative session will include information about warning signs, statistics, and how a person can help.
Tuesday, May 15 at noon (lunch included)
United Way of Story County Conference Room, 315 Clark Ave in Ames
March 1, 2018 - Breakfast with YLS - "Dialogic Reading"
"Dialogic Reading" breakfast
Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 a.m.
City Church Auditorium (2400 Oakwood Road)
December 5, 2017 - Lunch with YLS - "How We Measure Success"
A key component of United Way's work involves measuring the impact of funded programs. The information collected through the ASSET process is valuable, but UWSC wants more information on how lives are being changed. We want to see that the programs funded are making an impact in the lives of those being served. In order to do that we recently introduced a new software program called Clear Impact that partner agencies will report with on a semi annual basis. By being better informed we can assure donations make an even bigger impact in the lives of our friends and neighbors.
The educational part of this lunch will showcase the data coming out of the software program and how United Way got to this point with the help of many community conversations, board work teams and input from agencies.
"How we measure success" lunch
Tuesday, December 5 from 12:00-1:00pm
Ames Ford Lincoln Board Room (123 Airport Road)
October 25, 2017 - Lunch with YLS - Miracle Park Project
Join us for a networking lunch to hear how United Way of Story County, with the help of Young Leaders Society donations, is supporting the exciting Miracle Park project. United Way's allocations committee and board recently approved a grant in the amount of $90,000.
Amber Corrieri, YLS member and a steering committee member for the Miracle Park, will update us on the progress of the project and how this will transform life for people living with disabilities.
YLS and Miracle Park
Wednesday, October 25 from 12:00-1:00pm
Ames Public Library - PEO Room
July 28, 2017 - Celebrity Trivia at Johnny's
Join us for the annual Young Leaders Society (YLS) kickoff! This year’s event will be a round of trivia with local celebrities as team captains. Everyone age 40 and under interested in being a part of United Way’s work in Story County is invited! Help us spread the word and inspire the next generation of philanthropists. YLS has a major impact on our mission and raises more than $45,000 each year through campaign donations.
A light lunch of game-day snacks will be provided.
April 26, 2017 - Join us at Sports Iowa with Friendship Ark and Mainstream Living
YLS is partnering Friendship Ark's Day Hab group and Mainstream Living for a fun activity at Sports Iowa. The day hab attendees will arrive at Sports Iowa and participate in various activities, aided by members of the YLS (comfortable shoes encouraged). This activity will be a great way to network with the folks from Friendship Ark and Mainstream and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Wednesday, April 26th from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Sports Iowa (2176 232nd Lane, Ames, IA 50014)
Lunch will be provided.
April 22, 2017 - Build a Born Learning Trail and Free Little Library
YLS has partnered with Ames Parks and Rec, UWSC, Raising Readers in Story County (RRSC) to install a Born Learning Trail at Greenbriar Park on S 16th Street (just west of Ames Christian School). A Little Free Library (LFL) will be installed at the park as well-and will need to be painted and decorated by YLS and their families. Luckily for us, Ames Parks and Rec will already have installed the poles and signs for the trail and installed the LFL, so all we need to do is paint the sidewalks (there are stencils) and paint the LFL and fill it with books. If you have been to Brookside Park in the last year, you have seen the first Born Learning Trail.
Please arrive at Greenbriar Park at 9am on Saturday, April 22 (April 29 is the rain date) in clothes you don't mind getting paint on. This is a family friendly volunteer activity. Donuts, coffee and orange juice will be provided. Depending on the number of volunteers, this will probably be a 1-2 hour time commitment. For more information on Born Learning Trails, visit https://www.bornlearning.org/trails
Saturday, April 22 at 9:00am
Location: Greenbriar Park (just west of Ames Christian School on S 16th St)
February 21, 2017 - Learn about ACCESS