YLS Activities

March 1, 2018 - Breakfast with YLS - "Dialogic Reading"

When most adults share a book with a child, they read and the child listens. In dialogic reading, the adult helps the child become the teller of the story. The adult becomes the listener, the questioner, the audience for the child. No one can learn to play the piano just by listening to someone else play. Likewise, no one can learn to read just by listening to someone else read. Children learn most from books when they are actively involved.
Young Leaders Society members are invited to our next meeting to learn the basics of dialogic reading while hearing more about how United Way of Story County and Raising Readers in Story County are helping in the area of early literacy.
Did you know that Raising Readers in Story County distributes over 18,000 books to children each year!? Join us for free breakfast and a program that will showcase the impact they are making in Story County. We will be collecting books which they will give to children in our community. Please bring new or gently used books suited for ages 0-8 years and parenting books for parents of any age child.


"Dialogic Reading" breakfast

Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 a.m.

City Church Auditorium (2400 Oakwood Road)

Email Kristin to register



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)

Email Kristin to register


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

Email Kristin to register


 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.  Register now! 

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.  


For more information on the impact Friendship Ark (http://www.friendshipark.org) and Mainstream Living (http://www.mainstreamliving.org) are making in the community, visit their websites.

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
Join us for a February Young Leaders Society learning opportunity where we will hear from one of United Way's partner agencies, ACCESS! The ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support) mission is to address the roots and impact of domestic and sexual violence through services that enhance safety, empower survivors, and promote understanding and social justice within our community.  You are invited to come learn how ACCESS provides a safe environment for all people who have experienced domestic and sexual violence and how their service model has changed over the last couple years.  
YLS Lunch and Learn Education – ACCESS
Tuesday, February 21st from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
ACCESS Business Office, 1525 Airport Rd, Ste 101 
Lunch will be provided.
Young Leaders Society features quarterly engagement opportunities for members. These events and learning sessions are organized annually by an active committee. The committee is always open to feedback. If you have input to share, please email Kristin so she can pass your suggestions along to the group.