United Young Leaders

United Young Leaders (UYL) connects the next generation of local leaders and philanthropists. With United Way of Greater St. Louis, you have the strong partner needed to make a difference on a much larger scale. Through a gift of $25 or more, UYL brings together professionals 35 years old and younger to address the most pressing issues in our community through giving, volunteerism, and professional development.


Volunteering is a powerful way to connect with your community in a whole new way and positively impact the region. United Young Leaders volunteer projects take place quarterly, but you can find many other projects that suit your interests and schedule at www.STLVolunteer.org.


Engage with other young leaders shaping our region through networking and engagement opportunities. We host networking opportunities for members to meet new people, connect with peers within and across industries, and get acquainted with the volunteering and philanthropic scene in St. Louis. 

You make a difference

10 hours

spent volunteering has a $250 value for nonprofits


provides transportation to medical appointments for 15 low-income families


provides 10 hours of employment training or job coaching


provides a night of shelter for 37 people without homes


provides a month’s stay for a mother and her children in a domestic violence shelter

Ready to Join?

By joining United Young Leaders, you’re making a difference in your community and gaining the opportunity to develop meaningful professional connections with fellow young leaders in our region.

For questions about membership, contact emily.spaugh@stl.unitedway.org.

Membership Levels and Benefits

$25 – $249 Friend

$250 – $499 Supporter

  • All Friend level benefits
  • Invitations to select Leadership Giving Society programs
  • Get on Board, UYL Edition (Nonprofit board service training)

$500 – $999 Partner

  • All Supporter level benefits
  • Annual networking workshop

$1,000+ Champion

Are you seeking to take the next step in your charitable giving journey? There are several ways to incrementally increase your giving level over a few years while immediately unlocking benefits through our Leadership Giving and de Tocqueville Societies.

We would be delighted to assist you in achieving your philanthropic objectives through our Step-Up Programs. To learn more, please contact our team at donorservices@stl.unitedway.org or (314) 539-4041.

2023 United Young Leaders Cabinet Members

Zach Gietl, Edward Jones, 2023 Chair 

Krystal Bagge, Bayer 

Nicole Benzaquen, Husch Blackwell LLP

Brittany Chandler, Edward Jones

Melody Crawford, Cigna 

Patrick Drake, Edward Jones 

Whitney Lawson, Lamar Johnson Collaborative

Dale Miller, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.

Katie Mooney, Edward Jones 

Reid Schmidling, Centene

Nicholas Still, Edward Jones

Past United Young Leaders Chairs

2022: Whitney Lawson

2021: Julie Whitehead & Whitney Lawson

2020: Julie Whitehead & Whitney Lawson