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.    


YLU School Supply Drive


2021 Young Leaders United Back to School Supply Drive

 aaliyah smalls with donated backpack joseph, benjamin and joshua robinson with donated backpacks nicole silva velasquez with donated backpack

In 2021 Trident United Way Young Leaders United hosted their annual school supply drive to provide essential supplies to students in need at Title I Elementary schools. These supplies are necessary for students to succeed throughout the school year. Through a virtual platform, donors were provided the option to purchase backpacks and supply kits for students. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the 2021 Trident United Way Young Leaders United School Supply Drive! Thanks to the overwhelming support and generosity of so many in our community, 16 local companies and 384 individuals contributed $43,000 in donations for 2,700 backpacks and supply kits, surpasing the original goal of 2,000!


raised $43,000  2700 backpacks and supplies  16 companies and 384 donors

2021 Top Donors:

Carolina One Real Estate Agents

Johnson & Johnson

Elliott Davis




volunteers packing backpacks  volunteer writing note to student  Principal Natasha Jones holding backpacks at school  Gritty Flyright performing at Firefly  UPS loading trucks

Around 100 volunteers gathered at Firefly Distillery for the Back(Pack) to School Bash to fill backpacks with school supplies, including paper, pencils, erasers, folders, glue sticks, crayons, colored pencils and scissors. W.B. Goodwin Elementary School Principal Natasha Jones shared the impact of the backpack and supply drive on local students, and Trident United Way Sing United winner Gritty Flyright performed throughout the event. The following day UPS personnel loaded the backpacks into their trucks and delivered to College Park Elementary, Harleyville Elementary, W.B. Goodwin Elementary and Windsor Hill Elementary. Additional deliveries were made to Mount Zion Elementary and Eagle Nest Elementary.  


2021 facebook album




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

  • YLU - Donors ages 30-40 years old contributing an annual individual or combined gift of $1,000 or more to Trident United Way

  • YL20 - 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


YLU events

Steering Committee 2021-2022

2021-2022 steering committee

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

Amanda Fender, Ingevity

Anthony Ferro, Johnson & Johnson

Caroline Jacobs, Elliott Davis

Sallie Johnson, Dixon Hughes Goodman

Grayson King, Johnson and Johnson

Parker Lee, Bank of South Carolina

Ashley Mancini, Enterprise

Marvin R. Pendarvis, Esq., Peper Law Firm, SC House District 113 Representative

Kameron Quick, LS3P

Telia Rivers, WCSC TV

Michael Samuel, BB&T

Caleb Shomo, LifeCycle Engineering

For more information, or to join Trident United Way Young Leaders United, contact Kathleen Stevens at (843) 740-7752 or