Young Leaders United

 Trident United Way Young Leaders United engages, empowers and unites young philanthropists in the Tri-County who want to improve health, financial stability and education in our region.   

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2023 Young Leaders United Lunch & Learn

Trident United Way Young Leaders United invite members of Trident United Way donor networks to join them for a lunch and learn discussion Moving Forward Together: Equitable Transportation in the Tri-County.

The Lunch & Learn discussion will be on Thursday, June 22 from 12-1:30pm at South Carolina Ports Authority (200 Ports Authority Drive). The featured speaking panel includes Daniel Brock (Regional Strategist, BCDCOG), Janie Bergeron (President & CEO, RND Consultants), Katie Zimmerman (Executive Director, Charleston Moves) and Ross Appel (Councileman, City of Charleston).

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle at

2023 Cocktails & Conversations



Trident United Way Young Leaders United hosted the 2023 Cocktails & Conversations on March 23 at the Harbour Club WestEdge. Attendees networked and connected prior to hearing from keynote speaker Giff Daughtridge and participating in three rounds of table discussions, led by established philanthropic leaders from the Trident United Way Tocqueville Society. It was a wonderful evening filled with meaningful conversation and leadership development. Thank you to all who attended!

We would also like to thank our wonderful table hosts Ed Woodcock, Brad Davis, Linn Lesesne, Rick Widman, Anne Forrest, Giff Daughtridge, Wendy Kopp, Steven Mungo and John Rosso and for sharing your experiences and insights, and for your continued support of Trident United Way.

Thank you to event sponsors




The Practice of Leadership: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Organization

Invitation to the YLU Leadership Series Event. Invite says "Trident United Way Young Leaders United and lululemon Mt. Pleasant present The Practice of Leadership: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Organization. Held Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23 from 12-1pm in the Trident United Way boardroom. RSVP to Danielle Trauth-Jurman by January 30th"

Thank you to all who attended the month-long interactive leadership development series, held in partnership with lululemon Mt. Pleasant. We hope you found this series insightful and informative!

2022 Back to School Supply Drive

2022 Back to School Supply Drive graphic wtih photos from packing event

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2022 Trident United Way Young Leaders United Back to School Supply Drive!

2,700 backpacks and school supplies were donated to Title I elementary schools in the Tri-County area. Over $58,000 worth of backpacks and supplies were donated through the support of 19 company drives and 397 donors!

Over 80 volunteers gathered at the UPS warehouse on August 9th and 10th to pack the backpacks with supplies. The final 100 backpacks were packed during the Young Leader's United socialize & serve event at Firefly Distillery on August 11th. Personel from UPS delivered boxes packed with the filled backpacks to Title I elementary schools on August 12th.

Photos of volunteers packing back packs at UPS facility  Photo of YLU member packing a backpack at Firefly Distillery  Photo of UPS delivery driver giving a thumbs up sign holding a box filled with backpacks

St Stephens elementary school principal holding donated backpackSchools that recieved backpacks and supplies:


AC Corcoran Elementary

Clay Hill Elementary

Harleyville Elementary

JK Gourdin Elementary

Pepperhill Elementary

St. Stephen Elementary

Williams Memorial Elementary

“Wow, wow, wow is what I would say to those who helped to make this dream a reality for my students. What a powerful way to say you really care. We are most fortunate to have the generosity of this community. You are helping to set up each of my students for a very successful year!" -St. Stephen Elementary Principal Elaine Graham

Special thanks to UPS for donating temporary storage space for the backpacks and supplies and making the deliveries to area schools. Additionally, we would like to thank the following companies who promoted the drive with their employees and teams:

  • AstenJohnson
  • BoomTown!
  • Carolina One Real Estate Agents
  • Elliott Davis
  • Ground Swell Capital
  • Ingevity
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Life Cycle Engineering
  • Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters
  • LS3P
  • MUSC
  • SC State Ports Authority
  • Southern First Bank
  • The Bank of South Carolina
  • Thomas & Hutton
  • Trident United Way
  • Truist
  • We Are Sharing Hope SC

Graphic with school supply drive sponsors Firefly Distillery, Johnson and Johnson insurance, FORVIS, Lowcountry hurricane protection and shutters, elliot davis, select health of south carolina and UPS

Click here to view information and photos from previous Trident United Way Young Leaders United School Supply Drives!


Why Engage?

  • Young Leaders United represent the next generation of leaders in the Tri-County region.

  • Since 2011, TUW YLU has provided members with engagement opportunities in the area of volunteerism, professional development and networking.

Member Benefits

  • Invitations to networking and social events

  • Invitations to annual members’ only events

  • Opportunities for volunteer projects and community engagement

  • Professional and personal development events

  • Access to philanthropic community leaders

  • Select access to TUW decision making processes

  • Quarterly newsletters and regular communication from TUW

  • Listing in the annual TUW Leadership Book

Member Eligibility

Donors ages 30-40 years old contributing an annual individual or combined gift of $1,000 or more to Trident United Way are eligible to join Young Leaders United.

YLU Step-Up Program

Step-Up members make a commitment to increase their Trident United Way gift — giving at least $500 in year one, $750 in year two and $1,000 in year three. Step-Up members are recognized as full YLU members and have access to all YLU benefits.


YLU step-up program for donors ages 20-29 years old contributing an annual individual or combined gift of $500 or more to Trident United Way

 2022 Mix and Mingle Bailey Cooper holds up a backpack at the 2021 Backpack to School Bash Young Leaders United volunteer at Keep North Charleston Beautiful

Steering Committee 2022-2023

Lauren Nilan, Chair, Elliott Davis

Travis Frank, Vice Chair, SC Ports Authority

Jose Contreras-Mora, Ingevity

Bailey Cooper, Lowcountry Shutters

La Quetta Coulter, SelectHealth of South Carolina

Carson Davis, Elliott Davis

Sallie Johnson, Dixon Hughes Goodman

Grayson King, Johnson & Johnson

Parker Lee, Bank of South Carolina

Ashley Mancini, HireQuest Inc.

Kameron Quick, LS3P

Michael Samuel, BB&T

Drew Schiavone, First Citizens

Caleb Shomo, LifeCycle Engineering

William Velasco, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

For more information, or to join Trident United Way Young Leaders United, contact Danielle Trauth-Jurman at (843) 740-7756 or