As 2020 comes to a close, we can’t help but be reminded that this year has been one of great difficulty and growth for many of us; and one of perseverance for all of us. We have learned and are still learning a great deal about what we can endure; how to come together as a community to support one another; and hopefully, how to set aside our differences to help one another survive and find peace during this trying season.

For our YPL, I am proud to have seen this organization of leaders come together to continue the work of building connection and breaking down barriers to success for our community of Greater Atlanta. Over the past six months, we have engaged young professionals throughout the Atlanta area in Strong Learners and Economic Stability, two of United Way’s four Child Well-Being priority areas through over 550 virtual and in-person volunteer hours as well as raising over $6K to benefit United Way’s Child Well-being and Racial Equity funds.

And we are even more optimistic for what 2021 will bring. YPL will focus our philanthropy, advocacy, and volunteering efforts on Brighter Futures and College and Career Ready, the remaining two of United Way’s four Child Well-Being priority areas. We welcome YPL members and guests to engage with us in upcoming events and activities aligned to each of these priority areas to increase child well-being in our community.

Click on the links below to learn more about each of United Way’s investment priority areas that we are focused on for 2020-2021 and join us for upcoming events and activities to support each of these.

Strong Learners – August, September, October

Economic Stability – November, December, January

Brighter Futures – February, March

College & Career Ready – April, May, June

To learn more and get engaged, join us for our first virtual social and game night of 2021 on January 21st.

Happy Holidays!

Brandi Wyche

2020-2021 Young Professional Leaders Chair

Want to connect with Brandi? Message her at ypl@unitedwayatlanta.org.

YPL was founded in 2010 as a place where Greater Atlanta’s growing population of young professionals could come together and actively engage in philanthropy, advocacy, volunteerism, and leadership in our community. In 2020, YPL celebrates our 10th year of service and over the past 10 years, we have seen our annual service hours grow from less than 500 hours per year to over 1,500 hours per year and seen annual funds raised exceed $2.5 million.

While YPL has been historically aligned to the United Way Child Well-Being cause by focusing primarily on the United Way Kid’s Home Initiative, as we look ahead to our next ten years of service, the YPL Board Leadership team is excited to announce that we will be taking a more strategic approach to progressing child well-being by aligning to United Way’s new Child Well-Being Investment Priorities. These investment priorities establish a collective vision and shared agenda with unified measures of achievement, strategies for attaining success, and an established evaluation process.

The four Child Well-Being priority areas include: Strong Learners, Economic Stability, Brighter Future, and College and Career Ready. Each quarter, YPL will focus our philanthropy, advocacy, and volunteering efforts around one of these investment priorities. We welcome YPL members and guests to engage in upcoming quarterly events and activities aligned to each of these priority areas to increase child well-being in our community. Our first priority area will be Strong Learners focused on improving third-grade reading levels and overall educational outcomes in Atlanta-based communities with low child well-being scores.

Click on the links below to learn more about each of United Way’s investment priority areas and join us for upcoming events and activities to support each of these priorities over the next year.

Strong Learners – August, September, October
Economic Stability – November, December, January
Brighter Future – February, March
College & Career Ready – April, May, June

To learn more, join us for our first virtual social and game night of the year on August 27th. See you there!

Brandi Wyche
2020-2021 Young Professional Leaders Chair

Want to connect with Brandi? Message her at ypl@unitedwayatlanta.org.

2020 is destined to be a year of significant historical relevance in our lifetime. In this season we are enduring a global pandemic the likes of which we have never seen; an economic slowdown that is causing hardships across the Atlanta area as well as across the US; and a long-awaited uprising against racial injustices and police brutality. 2020’s provocations only scratch the surface of the challenges that many in our city face: challenges of homelessness, generational poverty, income inequality, racial divides, adult illiteracy, and low educational standards, to name a few.

Even with our current challenges, the city of Atlanta has been historically known to be a city of growth; a city poised at the forefront of opportunity; a city uniquely situated at the intersection of business, government, and philanthropy; a city with a history of building leaders that change the world. To this end, I am proud to be involved with United Way of Greater Atlanta, an organization known for building those types of leaders.

As the 2020-2021 United Way Young Professional Leaders (YPL) Chair, I am excited about the opportunity we have to take on the challenges that lie before us. This year’s YPL Board is comprised of incredible, action-oriented leaders from some of Atlanta’s most influential businesses and we are ready to be a proactive voice for change in Atlanta’s community through philanthropy, community advocacy, and volunteerism.

If you are a young professional ready to take on these challenging times, enhance your leadership skills, and build important relationships while you’re at it, I hope that you will join us this year! Our YPL Advisory Board is currently preparing innovative and actionable ways for you to get involved and make a difference in our community. As chair, I believe that your involvement in tackling these challenging times will make 2020 a year of positive change that you may never forget.

Brandi Wyche

2020-2021 Young Professional Leaders Chair

Want to connect with Brandi? Message her at ypl@unitedwayatlanta.org.