The Young Leaders Council (YLC) brings the passion and philanthropic power of young professionals together to transform New York City. The YLC provides robust opportunities to connect community-driven 20- and 30-somethings who’re eager to lead their peers, fundraise and advocate on behalf of low-income New Yorkers.
YLC Members enjoy exclusive benefits depending on membership level. Benefits include but aren’t limited to:
- Fun social opportunities with savvy young philanthropists
- Invitations to exclusive events that feature prominent local leaders
- On-the-ground volunteerism that promotes long-term community change
- Illuminating panel discussions and briefings on contemporary social issues
Ways to Get Involved
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP – $100
All YLC members gain access to select professional development and social events and all volunteer opportunities.
PREFERRED MEMBERSHIP – $250
As a preferred member, you get the benefits of general membership, plus you're eligble to apply for a position on one of our YLC Subcommittees including Events + Fundraising, Community Engagement, and Membership + Marketing.
EXECUTIVE MEMBERSHIP – $1,000
Our top-level membership includes complimentary tickets to all YLC social events, joint membership with our Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), and access to all professional development and volunteer opportunities. Executive members are also eligible to apply for a position on the YLC Executive Committee.
On January 26, our Young Leaders Council unmasked their impact at Moonlight Masquerade, an exclusive black-tie affair at the historic Jane Hotel ballroom. This event celebrated the efforts of the United Way of New York City Young Leaders Council, as well as benefited United Way of New York City's (UWNYC) programs dedicated to moving families from surviving to thriving.
Show Your PRIDE at Happy Hour
Wednesday, June 13 (5:00–9:00 PM) | Therapy (348 W. 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
In honor of Pride Month, YLCers enjoyed an LGBTQ + PRIDE Kick-off Happy Hour! Guests met YLC members, as well as talented, diverse LGBTQ+ young professionals who are passionate about solving NYC’s most pressing social challenges.
Friday, June 8 (6:00–10:00 PM) | Central Park South
From a penthouse roof-deck, YLC members and friends sipped perfectly chilled champagne while taking in unobstructed Central Park views. The buildings glistened as the sun set. And to top it all, this dreamlike evening benefitted United Way of New York City's fight to help communities and families thrive.
Summer Soiree Pre-Party at vineyard vines®
Thursday, May 10 (5:30–7:00 PM) | 1151 3rd Avenue
To celebrate counting down to YLC's could-not-be-missed Summer Soiree fundraising event, vineyard vines® hosted our first-ever pre-party. There, YLCers said "so long" to wintery Spring and "hello" to sun and making a positive impact. Best yet, guests had the chance to access a serious discount on Summer Soiree ticket(s).
God's Love We Deliver
Friday, April 27 (9:00 AM–12:00 PM) | 166 Avenue of the Americas
YLC volunteers prepped meals for our NYC neighbors who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves, at God's Love We Deliver, a United Way of New York City partner.
Surviving to Thriving 101: Everything you wanted to know about United Way of New York City but never asked
Wednesday, April 25 (5:30–8:30 PM) | UWNYC (205 E. 42nd Street, 13th Fl)
New Yorkers checked their well-worn “Lunch & Learn” brown bags at the door and brought their curiosity. At this interactive evening, attendees voiced their United Way of New York City (UWNYC) burning questions and ideas, as the UWNYC team helped answer the infamous question, "What does UWNYC do?"
St. Joe's Soup Kitchen
Saturday, February 3 (10:00 AM–12:30 PM) | 371 6th Avenue
YLCers prepped and served lunch at St. Joe’s Soup Kitchen, a United Way of New York City (UWNYC) FeedNYC partner.
January 27 (7:00 PM–11:30 PM) | Exclusive location
From a dreamlike penthouse, young professionals reveled in a stunning night that raised crucial support for low-income NYC families.
YLC Impact Series: Generation #Impact: Building Our Community and Ourselves
December 6 (5:30 PM–8:00 PM) | United Way of New York City (205 E 42nd Street, 13th Floor)
On December 6, the Young Leaders Council's held their inaugural Impact Series event: Generation #Impact: Building Our Community and Ourselves! The interactive panel discussion explored ways that philanthropy can help to not only better the community around us, but also advance our careers and better our lives.
Yoga & Champagne
Sat., November 18 (9:00 AM—10:00 AM) | Anya (49 West 24 Street, 8th Floor)
The positive energies flowed as we came together to align our minds and bodies all while making an impact for our struggling neighbors. We rolled out our mats and got into warrior pose to help United Way of New York City, through programs like ReadNYC, give families living in high-poverty communities the supports they need to become self-sufficient.
Brews & Books
Tues., October 24 (7:30 PM—10:30 PM) | Brooklyn Brewery (79 N. 11th Street)
Crisp brews, a mountain of pizza, and bar games were calling at United Way of New York City’s Young Leaders Council’s annual Brews & Books. Attendees joined our fight for literacy while kicking back with an ice-cold beer and a great group of young professionals! The perfect side to a dinner of champions is the impact tickets to Brews & Books are making on the lives of kids living in some of our City’s struggling communities!
The Executive Committee
- Co-Chair, Executive Committee: John Bowen
- Co-Chair, Executive Committee: Daryl Saylor
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
- Secretary, Executive Committee: Laura Frattaroli
- Treasurer, Executive Committee: Nick Frattaroli
- Community Engagement Co-Chair: Eric Mouchette
Queens District Attorney
- Community Engagement Co-Chair: Laura Martin
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
- Events + Fundraising Co-Chair: Jonathan Baer
New Era Cap Co., Inc.
- Membership + Marketing Co-Chair: Owen Brady
- Sylvia Augustyn
- Ashley Azevedo
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
- Brooke Cabrera
- James Keane
- Randall Kessler
GSO Capital Partners
- Patricia Lesnianski
- Sarah Mattison
- Yancey Reynoso
- Tham Wynn