YPS_JoinConversationYoung Leaders Making A Difference

United Way of Southern Nevada recognizes and applauds the accomplishments and efforts of this dynamic group of young philanthropists. These leaders are passionate about creating lasting change in alignment with United Way’s community-based agenda goals focusing on Education, Health and Financial Stability.

Young Philanthropists Society is a membership group of financial contributors who are committed through resources and time to give back to their community through philanthropic efforts, advocacy and volunteerism.

Members of the Young Philanthropists Society benefit by increasing their community involvement, understanding the non-profit agenda and engaging in meaningful experiences that will prepare them for community leadership.

Young Philanthropists Society Mission

To make a difference in children’s lives through volunteerism, mentorship and events by harnessing the energy, commitment and diverse skills sets of the next generation of leaders.

  • Young Philanthropists enjoy a full roster of educational, social, and service events designed to help them improve their leadership skills and expand their personal and professional contacts. These include:
  • Leadership Roundtable Lunches with high level business and community leaders
  • Business networking
  • Volunteer and social opportunities
  • Recognition in the HEROES publication
  • Special Communications

YPS In The Community

The “Piggy Bank”

Launched on Oct. 5, 2012, YPS created the “Piggy Bank” program as an innovative, real-world solution to teach the students at Walter Bracken Elementary School how to save and be financially responsible. A collaboration between UWSN, YPS, Walter Bracken Elementary School, Junior Achievement, Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU), Andson Foundation and various volunteers, the “Piggy Bank” program includes financial literacy curriculum and a kid-friendly bank with a bank teller counter, a TV to showcase each classroom’s savings and decals on the walls with money saving tips.

The only program of its kind in Nevada for elementary school children, the “Piggy Bank” helps children to learn how to save and make smart financial decisions at an early age so that growing up they are armed with the knowledge of the importance of saving. The “Piggy Bank” program inspired the children to save over $42,000 from October 2012 to May 2014.

In January 2015, YPS extends this program to more children with the introduction of the second “Piggy Bank” at Hollingsworth Elementary.

Hollingsworth Elementary

YPS has been a long time friend and supporter of Hollingworth Elementary. This year, YPS again will offer the children of the school a very special Holiday Party. Every child will receive an age appropriate gift and will be reminded that someone out there cares about them. YPS will also host monthly birthday parties for children whose birthdays fall in that month. Birthday parties can be an expensive endeavor for families, and as such, YPS has stepped up to ensure every child feels special on their birthday.

Learning Program for children with Down’s Syndrome

This year YPS expands their reach into the community by their partnership with the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada via the Learning Program, designed to deliver evidence based educational support to children, parents and teachers in the areas of literacy and math. Offered throughout the school year, this program provides additional individualized instruction to children and their caregivers, so that their needs are met and they have the greatest chances for success. YPS’ partnership allows this valuable program to double their capacity and allows for a second age group, 7-8 year olds, to also receive this critical support.

Sports and Nutrition for children

YPS’ commitment to children and their health powers Desert Reign’s Sports and Nutrition Camps for children, expanding current capacity to reach in total over 2500 children in 2014. Camps provide immersion into physical activity and fitness as well as the ABC’s of proper nutrition and healthy eating. These camps aid in helping children succeed cognitively, socially and athletically.

Books & Buddies

A multi-generational reading program that connects all ages to grow the love of reading, Books and Buddies helps facilitate reading and literacy in the home. YPS’ support of this program in conjunction with Spread the Word Nevada allows for expansion of this program to reach an additional 150 at-risk children. Through mentoring, book supplies, and comprehension inquiry, post-test results demonstrate the effectiveness of this important program.


YPS Member List

Executive Members ($2,500)

Not Pictured:
Edward Koijane | Jeffrey D. Mitchell | Robert Murray | Eugene Outley | Geoff Spataro | 1 Anonymous

General Members ($1,500)

Not Pictured:
Michael Brown | Briana Courts | Monica Habart | Kimberly Hopps | Kylee Knight | Tom Kovach | Michelle Lindsay | Jill Maradiaga | Christopher Mays | Tim McGovern | Kelly McNamara | Tim Olson | Mathew D. Reid | Scott Savarda | Bridgette Villamor | 1 Anonymous

YPS Executive Chart


Co-Chair Emeritus Michael Santos 
Co-Chair  Chelsie Campbell
Co-Chair Chris Way
Vice Chair Justin Micatrotto
Project Funding Committee Chair Timara Marquis 
Membership & Outreach Committee Chair Jordan Sacca
Piggy Bank & Volunteer Committee Chairs Chelsie Campbell & Justin Micatrotto
Communication Committee Chair Tivona Betz


YPS Membership Info

Become A Young Philanthropist Society Member:

The Young Philanthropists Society is open to professionals who:

  • Want to connect and make a difference in their community
  • Invest $1,500 minimum annually (general membership) or $2,500 minimum annually (executive membership)
  • Volunteer their time and talent

General Membership | Invest minimum $1,500 annually

  • Receive listing recognition in the annual United Way HEROES publication
  • Eligible to participate as a member of one of the YPS committees or serve as co-chair
  • Eligible to participate in YPS functions
  • Act as ambassadors at United Way and YPS functions and events

Executive Committee Membership | Invest $2,500 annually

  • Receive photo and name recognition in the annual United Way HEROES publication
  • Eligible to participate as a member of one of the YPS committees or serve as co-chair
  • Act as hosts at United Way functions and YPS events
  • Invited to attend Executive Committee meetings and provide input on the direction of YPS
  • Receive the opportunity to vote on YPS funding opportunities

Become A Member Here
For membership information please contact Liz Vohwinkel, Senior Director of Major Gifts at (702) 892-2344 or

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YPS Upcoming Events and Meetings


January 29, 2015 (Thu)
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Fleming’s Steak House | Town Square

YPS Leadership Roundtable
Member Only Event Mark Fine, Mark L. Fine & Associates Mark L. Fine, one of the Las Vegas Valley’s most experienced and respected real estate developers has overseen the early development of some of Southern Nevada’s most successful master-planned communities, including Green Valley and Summerlin, and is now focusing on the development of distinctive commercial…Continue Reading


October 22, 2015 (Thu)
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Brasilia Ballroom

Community in Blue | Campaign Celebration 2015
Sponsorship opportunities available. Click here for information. Join us for a celebration of our donors and workplace campaigns who support us throughout the year! We are hosting our annual 2015 Community in Blue | Campaign Celebration on Thursday, October 22 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Brasilia Ballroom. The event celebrates United Way’s…Continue Reading

YPS Volunteer Opportunities

The Piggy Bank – Wednesday or Friday Mornings

Calling all YPS members….come see your dollars in action and help children save at The Piggy Bank! Volunteers help greet the children, hand out stickers and high-fives, and check to make sure that the kids have their deposits ready for the tellers. Volunteer opportunities are available at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy as well as Hollingsworth Elementary, where we will be launching the second Piggy Bank branch on January 21st. Do not miss out on this fantastic opportunity to interact with children like Fikreabe, one of the many lives changed through your YPS membership!

Please email Hector Lizaola at to sign up on the following dates:

Walter Bracken STEAM Academy – Fridays at 8:30am:

December: 5th 12th 19th

January: 9th 16th 23rd 30th

Hollingsworth Elementary School – Wednesdays at 8:00am:

January:  21st – GRAND OPENING; and 28th

Future dates are also available! Please email Hector Lizaola at for more Piggy Bank volunteer opportunities.

Map & directions to Walter Bracken STEAM Academy here.

Map & directions to Hollingsworth Elementary here.


Turkey Handout with Commissioner Weekly – November 25th, 1:00-4:00pm

Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly will be handing out Thanksgiving Turkeys at the East Las Vegas Community Center on Tuesday, November 25th from 1:00-4:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering to assist needy families receive a holiday meal, please contact Kelly Benavidez, Clark County Community Liaison at or (702) 455-7277.


UWSN Holiday of Giving – December 2nd, 8:00am

Share the generous spirit of the holidays and get involved three ways this year. On Tuesday, December 2nd you can spend an hour or the day experiencing giving back through the building blocks of a good life– Education, Health and Financial Stability. Volunteers can register on the UWSN website here.


Hollingsworth Holiday Party – December 17th 8:00am

YPS has been a longtime friend and supporter of Hollingsworth Elementary and YPS again offers the children of the school a very special Holiday Party this year! Every child will receive an age appropriate gift, a book, and a dental hygiene kit and will be reminded that someone out there cares about them. Join us to experience the joy of giving to the students and the impact of YPS! Sign up to participate by contacting Liz Vohwinkel at or (702) 892-2344.


DSOSN Buddy Walk – May 9th, 8:00am

Mark your calendars for the annual Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada Buddy Walk on Saturday, May 9th! The Buddy Walk is an advocacy walk in which people who have Down Syndrome invite “buddies” to walk with them. DSOSN is a partner agency currently funded in part through YPS, and the goal of the Buddy Walk is to promote acceptance and inclusion of persons who have Down Syndrome. YPS is be a proud sponsor of the event and will be forming a walk team. Evite and details to come!

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member news

Hollingsworth Piggy Bank Grand Opening!

Saving and planning their way into a strong and stable future, we welcome the youngsters of Howard Hollingsworth Elementary to the second “Piggy Bank”.
Check out the sweet faces of our savers and the YPS members, partners, and friends who made this momentous day possible!


Also: See some of the local TV coverage.

featured photos

YPS Featured Photos | November 2014

YPS Sixth Anniversary at TPC Summerlin
United Way ’s Young Philanthropists Society celebrated its sixth anniversary at TPC Summerlin! On November 6th, current and prospective members had the opportunity to mix and mingle, meet new people, chip some shots onto the green, and celebrate the commitment of YPS!

community partners

Thank you to our Community Partners!

Andson Foundation
Bracken Elementary School
Desert Reign Foundation
Down Syndrome Organization of Nevada
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Future Smiles
Hearthstone Kitchen and Cellar
Hollingsworth Elementary School
JR Achievement
NV Energy
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Silver State Schools Credit Union
Spread the Word Nevada
TPC Summerlin, Inc.

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