YLS Activities

September 13, 2019 - Volunteer with YLS for Day of Caring

Are you ready to get your very own 2019 LIVE UNITED t-shirt? Join the YLS Day of Caring team! We'll be attending the kickoff breakfast together at 7:30 at the Plex, and then heading over to LSI to help with maintenance on their grounds from 9-12. We'd love for you to be a part of the team!
United Way Kickoff - 7:30am on September 13 at The Plex
YLS Day of Caring Project - 9:00am-Noon on September 13 at LSI

August 13, 2019 - Learn about the Healthy Life Center

The Young Leaders Society Committee invites you to join us for an informational session on the proposed Healthy Life Center project. Health, of course, is one of United Way's pillars with education and financial stability being the other two. Attending this meeting will give members and potential members the opportunity to learn about and ask questions regarding a project that has the potential to create opportunities for increased health in Story County and also be utilized by many partner agencies. 
Tuesday, August 13 from 4:00-5:00pm
United Way of Story County Conference Room, 315 Clark Ave, Ames

July 18, 2019 - Practice Makes Perfect Event at Sukup

The Young Leaders Society Committee invites you to join us at Sukup Basketball Complex to hear how "practice makes perfect" with United Way. The event will bring together philanthropists age 40 and under to see the BIG difference the YLS group is making in the lives of many.
Program will feature:
  • Behind the scenes tours of Sukup Basketball Complex
  • An address from Coach Prohm
  • Impact speakers from funded programs
  • Complimentary lunch for attendees
Thursday, July 18 from 12:00-1:00pm
Sukup Basketball Complex, 1011 S Dakota Ave, Ames, IA 50014
RSVP required. 


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.

RSVP to Kristin here. 



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!

United Way Kickoff - 7:30am on September 7
YLS Day of Caring Project - 9:00am-Noon on September 7

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"

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.


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.