Get Involved!

Are you interested in helping YLS? There are three key ways to get involved and help our local community:

1 – Become a Member:

portraitimage20080911_0074General Membership: If you are interested in creating real, lasting change in Ventura County and empowering youth by promoting the value of education, we welcome you to join the Young Leaders Society! General Members are asked to commit to participating in at least three YLS volunteer events per year, and make an annual tax-deductible donation to the United Way (requested amount: $100). General Members can help plan event
s and community programs by joining one of our Steering Committees. Click here to request a membership information packet and application, or ask for one at our next event!

volunateerimage20050525_0056Board of Directors: The YLS Board is comprised of young professionals who are deeply committed to our organization’s mission and its impact on our community. Board Members are required to serve on at least one Steering Committee, and are expected to utilize their leadership skills to promote the organization’s values and endeavors. Board Members meet once a month (the second Tuesday of each month) to oversee the organization’s decisions and overall direction. Board Members are expected to participate in community service volunteer events on a regular basis (at least six per year) and contribute a minimum annual donation ($250) to the United Way. Click here if you are interested in learning more about Board Membership.

2 – Volunteer:

volunateerimage20051212_0040United Way and YLS are working to advance the common good. But we can’t do it alone. We need the heads, hands and hearts of committed people like you to help us tackle the problems facing our communities. Each of us has special talents, things we can do to help. Put your talents to work.

Visit www.volunteerventuracounty.org for opportunities to volunteer with YLS. This includes our programs: Books Bonanza, Youth Empowerment Summit, and Fun in the Sun.

 

3 – Advocate:

dsc_0307Join us and advocate for an education, income, or health issue that you are passionate about. Advocating in your community does not simply mean lobbying on a specific piece of legislation. There are many ways that you can advocate:

  • Speak out on urgent policy priorities related to education, income and health.

  • Be informed! Learn how our community ranks in academic attainment, income stability and health. Use theUnited Way Common Good Forecaster, an online tool that lets you learn more about our community.

  • Engage with our community. Learn about what people say are their aspirations for your community and talk about how you can work together to address challenges.

  • Raise awareness about a cause. Social media is a great tool to educate your friends and networks about issues you care about.