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General Membership

The goal of United Way's Young Leaders Society (YLS) is to promote and encourage philanthropy and volunteerism among the young leaders of Santa Barbara County, through participation in a variety of social, educational, volunteer and network opportunities. View a list of our members here.

Target Audience

Community oriented individuals or couples 45 years of age or younger, contributing a combined annual gift of $300 or more to United Way of Santa Barbara County, may become members of the Young Leaders Society.

Why Join?

The Young Leaders Society was formed to provide community involvement and personal development opportunities to its young members. This is a new, unique and dynamic group that offers its members multiple avenues to become involved with various United Way Initiatives, to directly make a difference in people’s lives, and to ultimately become leaders in our community.


Members will enjoy many exclusive opportunities throughout the year. Activities will include volunteer projects, mentoring programs, networking and business opportunities, and other fun events. YLS programs will give members the opportunity to meet other like-minded civic and business leaders and become acquainted with Santa Barbara’s prominent philanthropists.

What’s Required of Members?

The great news is that once qualified to join, members do not have any expected requirements. This program was designed to offer something different for all its members, regardless of level of involvement or area of interest. These are busy times; therefore members should choose what activities are important to them. You can sign up for multiple service projects, network at YLS business functions, or simply be recognized as a Young Leader.

How to Join

Fill out the online application and make the $300 membership donation. Or fill out the downloadable form and return to us via mail: United Way of Santa Barbara County, 320 E. Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.