“As the 2019 -2020 Chair of United Way’s Young Professional Leaders, I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity to serve. The opportunity to lead this organization is a testament that Atlanta remains a place where dreams are able to take form.

My passion has always been education equity, making sure all children have the tools they need to be successful regardless of their race/ethnicity, class, or the zip code they live in. Of the nearly 1.3 million children living in our 13-county region, close to half a million live in communities with low or very low child well-being. While there are many groups doing excellent work in our area, not all services and resources leverage the most important drivers of change. Gaps in services and missing resources are barriers to the well-being we all strive for.

Communities can thrive today and reach their greatest future potential only if our children are thriving. That’s why United Way’s focus is on creating a community where “all the children are well.” By ensuring that every child in our community has the opportunity to reach his or her potential, we are building a strong future for Greater Atlanta – a future where every individual and family in the community can thrive. Communities that can say, “All the children are well” have babies born healthy, kids who read proficiently by 3rd grade and teens who graduate from high school ready for college and careers. These are kids that grow up in communities where people are educated, employed, and housed.

As the 2019- 2020 Chair I can promise that our board is devoted to working to improve the living situations for all. We understand the needs of the community and encourage action – whether through contributing time, talent or treasure. No one can do it alone. We want to connect with your community through volunteer service, grow your leadership capacity through professional development opportunities, and leverage your skills to create positive change.

I get excited when I consider the possibilities of how we can continue to improve the community we already enjoy. Great things are in the works beginning this fall and conclude at another unparalleled Night for a Brighter Tomorrow gala on May 2020. I hope you will join us as we celebrate our 10th year.”

– Rashad K. Stallings

#WhyWednesday: Rashad Stallings

Rashad Stallings is the United Way of Greater Atlanta Young Professional Leaders Vice Chair and an advocate for our community. Today, hear why he donates his time and financial resources to pour into young people in Greater Atlanta.

United Way of Greater Atlanta Young Professional Leaders is a network of individuals, ages 40 and under, who are making an impact for our community and building the next generation of community leaders. Through their year-round support and events like the annual HoliDAY of Service and Night for a Brighter Tomorrow, United Way YPL funds their signature causes: Kids Home Initiative and the new TechUp digital literacy program.