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.


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.

Program Overview

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.

The YLC Alumni Group makes activities available to those who wish to continue their involvement.

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$5000 and over

Belmont University

Dugas Family Foundation

Frist Foundation

Genesco, Inc.

HCA Foundation

Memorial Foundation

$1500 and over

Caterpillar Financial Services

Dollar General

LP Building Products

Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis

$1000 and over

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz


Crosslin, PC

Fifth Third Bank

FTB Advisors

Gresham Smith & Partners

H.G. Hill Realty Company

Ingram Industries, Inc.


SunTrust Bank

Turner Construction Co.

Wells Fargo Bank

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