Please welcome new YPL member Will Godwin! If you would like to be featured in our next member spotlight, please click here.

What inspired you to become involved with Young Professionals Leaders?

After living in Atlanta for four years and becoming familiar with community around me, I wanted to support and serve an organization like United Way that provides solutions on issues affecting child, family, and community well-being. I was sold after attending a Saturday of Service and experiencing the mission on display.

What aspect of United Way’s work in the community are you most passionate about supporting?

I am most passionate about child well-being, particularly United Way’s Strong Learners program. It’s very important that all children have access to learning and quality learning experiences.

Do you have fun fact or a side hustle (entrepreneurship) that you would like to share with us?

This one is not so fun for me: I broke my left collar bone twice before the age of nine.

On a brighter note, I got engaged last week!

Stephanie is a life-long Atlanta native was a passion for healthcare access. Learn how she became involved in YPL below! If you would like to be featured in our next member spotlight, please click here.

What inspired you to become involved with Young Professionals Leaders?

I’ve lived in Atlanta my entire life and I wanted an opportunity to help improve the well-being of others in our community. I studied management in the social sector and worked with several service organizations in college, and I became particularly interested in helping to create equitable education opportunities when I started mentoring first-generation college students a couple of years ago. I’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of support and resources to get to where I am, so I’m grateful to be able to work with United Way to help give others the same opportunities I’ve had.

What aspect of United Way’s work in the community are you most passionate about supporting?

As a healthcare professional, I’m particularly passionate about United Way’s work to help families navigate the healthcare system, since it can be extremely challenging and is integral to providing a stable environment for children to grow up in.

Do you have fun fact or a side hustle (entrepreneurship) that you would like to share with us?

I love skiing and have gone almost every year since I was 2 years old!

Obi knows how much the right type of support can help others.  Read on to find out why he chose to give back through YPL and United Way! If you would like to be featured in our next member spotlight, please click here.

What inspired you to become involved with Young Professionals Leaders?

I did not get to where I am by myself. I’ve had help and support from different people since I moved to Atlanta from Chicago, so giving back was something I’ve always had on my mind. Being able to give back and help someone the same way I was helped honestly bring me joy. I volunteered for a snack pack a couple months ago, and a woman who was impacted by it spoke about how much it meant to her, and her family. Right then and there, I spoke to Rashad about wanting to be involved more, and that’s how I became involved with YPL.

What aspect of United Way’s work in the community are you most passionate about supporting?

I am most passionate about supporting the impact committee, and serve the current learning spaces throughout Atlanta. Being present, and seeing what we do takes fruition fuels me and gives me more purpose.

Do you have fun fact or a side hustle (entrepreneurship) that you would like to share with us?

Fun fact about myself is that I am able to assemble a PC/Gaming PC given the right components.

As a newcomer to Atlanta, Josh wanted to find an organization where he could give back to the community while also growing professionally. Read on to find out why he chose to YPL and United Way! If you would like to be featured in our next member spotlight, please click here.

What inspired you to become involved with Young Professionals Leaders?

I’m relatively new to the Atlanta area, and when life started to get back to normal after the pandemic I knew I wanted to find an organization where I could give back to the community while also growing professionally. YPL provides me just that. There are so many service opportunities through United Way, and it’s great to be able to give back while also connecting with other like-minded young professionals.

What aspect of United Way’s work in the community are you most passionate about supporting?

I’m passionate about finding all ways to support underserved children through the Child Well-Being program. Being a dad myself, it’s tough to see a child without the resources they need to be all that they can be, and this initiative aims to provide those resources. I’m also passionate about supporting the College and Career Ready initiatives. I work in higher education, so I’m fortunate to see how powerful education is daily.

Do you have fun fact or a side hustle (entrepreneurship) that you would like to share with us?

I have two daughters, Nora and Molly, who are three and one respectively. While there’s a lot of hustle involved with them, they seem to be heavier on the expense side. I do love exploring everything our city has to offer, especially new restaurants and breweries, with family and friends.

Genevieve has a passion for advancing early childhood education opportunities for underserved children in Atlanta – read why she chose to join YPL and United Way to persue that passion! If you would like to be featured in our next member spotlight, please click here.
What inspired you to become involved with Young Professionals Leaders?

Atlanta is a huge city with many worthy causes, so I decided to join Young Professionals Leaders because I was looking for a way to use my skills to support causes that align with my values. YPL also appealed to me because it offers a structure through which to learn about Greater Atlanta businesses, non-profit organizations, and short & long- term initiatives that impact the local economy, cultural vibrancy, and growth of the city. Plus, as a devout Catholic, the exposure to volunteer opportunities at hundreds of different organizations was very attractive to me.

What aspect of United Way’s work in the community are you most passionate about supporting?

Through my role as PNC Bank Client & Community Relations Assistant Director, I have become most passionate about advancing early childhood education opportunities for underserved children in Atlanta. Studies have shown that 90% of brain growth occurs by age 5. United Way’s Strong Learners investment priority, which is part of the Child Well Being Initiative, aims to increase Atlanta families’ access to early learning experiences. These programs support growing minds and ensure students are prepared for kindergarten and on track to read at grade level by 3rd grade.

Do you have fun fact or a side hustle (entrepreneurship) that you would like to share with us?

My current side hustle is babysitting for family members since I enjoy spending time with children and learning about the ways they see the world. My slightly random fun fact is that many people have told me that I should be a hand model. If any nail polish or jewelry brands read this…hit me up!

Meet one of our newest members, Markeitha McDonald! We’re excited to welcome Markeitha to the YPE family! If you would like to be featured in our next member spotlight, please click here.
What inspired you to become involved with Young Professionals Leaders?

I have been a part of United Way in some capacity since college and love the work that United Way does in the community. I decided to get involved with YPL to connect with like-minded young professionals who are passionate about community service, philanthropy, and networking. As a young professional, I feel that it is important to give back time and resources to the community that I live in so that those without the same resources can also flourish.

What aspect of United Way’s work in the community are you most passionate about supporting?

I am most passionate about supporting United Way’s work in Child Well-Being and Mentorship. The youth of our community are the future and equipping our next generation of leaders with the tools, resources and knowledge that they need to thrive is a mission that I believe is of the utmost importance.

Do you have fun fact or a side hustle (entrepreneurship) that you would like to share with us?

Atlanta is such a huge city with many hidden gems, so every month I try to Do/See/Eat. Do something in the city I’ve never done before, See something I’ve never seen before, and Eat somewhere I’ve never eaten before. Recently I tried KR Steakbar in Peachtree Hills and went to the Trap Museum for the first time!