Young Leaders United

Young Leaders United logo.

Young Leaders United is comprised of individuals in their 20s and 30s who share in the commitment of giving time and resources, engaging with like-minded people and serving our community.

Are you a young professional enthusiastic about advancing the common good in our community? Then Young Leaders United is the group for you! Young Leaders United enhances the United Way of the Plains mission by bringing together individuals who have a desire to lead a philanthropic lifestyle in the Wichita community. YLU promotes philanthropy through financial giving, volunteering and exclusive events.

Discover today how you can grow as an individual while strengthening our community.


Members, watch your email for details!

Serve United 2022
October 10 – 15

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Keep up-to-date with all Young Leader happenings by joining our Facebook group, United Way of the Plains Young Leaders United:

Two young women painting outdoor play equipment as a volunteer project.


As Young Leaders, we’re committed to strengthening our community by volunteering. Our Volunteer Center can help you find opportunities that match your unique talents, interests and schedule. Visit to see current volunteer opportunities where you can make a difference. Projects listed on the site are updated regularly to reflect current needs, so make sure you check back often.


The Young Leaders United steering committee meets monthly to provide direction and support. They plan and implement events beneficial to members while supporting the mission of United Way of the Plains.

Headshot of MaeLauren Hudson.

MaeLauren Hudson
Steering Committee Chair

6 Meridian

Maria Lawter
Steering Committee Vice Chair
Cargill Wichita

Headshot of Kayla Bean.

Kayla Bean
Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.

Melissa Labra
Emprise Bank

Headshot of Matt Moore.

Matt Moore
City of Wichita

Dylan Thiessen
Koch Industries


Ready to join this dynamic group of young professionals and make a difference? Members donate a minimum of $120 a year.

We know not all company pledge cards include an option to join Young Leaders United. Don’t let that stand in your way of becoming a member! If you’d like to join, or you’re a current member and your contact info has changed, click here.


For more information, contact Abel Frederic, Vice President of Community Impact, at or (316) 267‑1321 ext. 4211.