United Way of the Bluegrass Young Leaders Society (YLS) is a social group with a cause!

Our mission is to inspire young professionals to improve communities through collaborative action by engaging in philanthropic, volunteer and leadership activities throughout the Bluegrass. 

UWBG Donors who are between the ages of 21-40 and give $250 or more per year (only $10 per paycheck!) are invited to join YLS. 

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Were you the winner of your 3rd grade spelling bee and have just been waiting on the chance to defend your title? We have just the event for you! Join YLS and Mirror Twin for our third annual Spelling Bee(r)!

Your $25 registration fee includes a $20 donation to purchase a
Sweet Dreams bag (pajamas, a book, snack, and dental hygiene products) for a kid in need, a drink ticket, and a spelling mulligan.

  • Happy Hour runs 5:30-6:30 pm

  • Registration opens at 6:00 pm

  • Spelling starts at 6:30 pm

  • Located in the tent between the buildings

  • Prizes for first, second and third place

  • Open to spellers age 21+

Mirror Twin is releasing a specialty beer – Sweet Dreams are Made of Beer – to fundraise for the Sweet Dreams Project. They're also donating 10% of all proceeds from the night's sales on November 15 to the UWBG Sweet Dreams Project. We'll be at the brewery collecting pajamas and books onsite all night.

Why YLS?

Strengthen your network with like-minded young leaders at social and volunteer events throughout the year. 

• Group volunteer projects with UWBG partner agencies 

• Happy Hours with a mission 

• Lunch and Learns with top business and community leaders 

• Special YLS-only networking and professional development events 


Build your leadership skills through key positions on the YLS board and other UWBG committees. 


Make an impact across the Bluegrass!

Need more information? Email Jenn Goble at Jenn.Goble@uwbg.org!

Since 2018, donors 21-40 have:

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$219,000+ to UWBG and UWBG Programs

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thousands of school supplies for local students

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over $4,200 to support the Sweet Dreams Project, and fully supported6 schools

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hundreds of hours as board members, with local agency partners, and through

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Thank you to the men and women who serve on the Young Leaders Society Board!


2021-2022 Young Leaders Society Board:

President, Jade Miles - Lexmark

Vice President, Seth Boyle- JMI Sports

Immediate Past President, Chas Sargent - Traditional Bank

Andrew Barker- Raymond James

Cam Freeman - WealthSouth

Cooper Van Tatenhove, Junkluggers

Erica Haugen - Toyota Kentucky

Hunter Porter - BC Wood Properties

Joseph Elder- Thoroughbred Engineering 

Rob Caudill – Farmers National Bank

Shelby Howell - Crowe LLP