About YLC

The Mission of the Young Leaders Council is to train diverse, committed individuals to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit organizations and make a difference in the community by replenishing the volunteer leadership base.

The Young Leaders Council (YLC) is a program founded by the Council of Community Services, in conjunction with the Frist Foundation (formerly the HCA Foundation) and the United Way. It was created in 1985 to address the need to broaden and strengthen Nashville's volunteer leadership base.

The YLC consists of a eleven-session training program, addressing fundamental board skills. These interactive sessions reflect on such leadership indicators as collaboration, diversity and the role of catalyst deemed crucial for today's nonprofit leadership roles. The training is followed by a year internship with a community agency. At this time, the YLC participant serves as a non-voting member of a working board.

Participants are between 25 and 40 years of age and come from a broad range of corporate, civic and volunteer backgrounds. They may be nominated by YLC alumni, their group's management or may be self-nominated with management's recommendation.

A YLC alumni group makes activities available to those who wish to continue their involvement.


Much of the success of the Young Leaders Council has been due to the active participation of community business leaders and agency directors. They have most willingly given of their time and expertise in the training of Young Leaders. The corporate business leaders provide valuable insight into such topics as legal liabilities; corporate giving; what to look for in a board; and how the social service system works. Thus, a balanced, objective picture of community volunteer leadership is presented to the Young Leaders.


 Young Leaders Council
proudly salutes their

2010 YLC Legacy of Leadership Society

$5000 and over
The Frist Foundation
HCA Foundation
Memorial Foundation

$3000 and over
Genesco, Inc.

$1500 and over
Bank of America
Caterpillar Financial Services Co., Inc.
Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain, P.C.
Skanska USA Building, Inc
SunTrust Bank
Turner Universal Construction Co., Inc.

$1000 and over
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.
BB&T; Bank
Dollar General Corporation
Gaylord Entertainment Foundation
Gresham Smith & Partners
Ingram Industries, Inc.
Purity Dairies
Roswell Capital Partners
Stites and Harbison
Wells Fargo

$500 and over
Avenue Bank
Crosslin & Associates, P.C.
Renasant Bank

$250 and over
Bank of Nashville
H.G. Hill Realty Company, LLC