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 and taught by experts in their field. 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 one year internship with a community agency, serving 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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$5,000 and over

Belmont University

Fifth Third Bank

Frist Foundation

HCA Foundation

Pinnacle Financial Partners

PNC Bank

The Memorial Foundation

$1,500 – $4,999

Bank of America

Caterpillar Financial Services

Core Civic

Dollar General

FTB Advisors/First TN Foundation

Genesco, Inc.



Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis

$1,000 – $1,499


Gresham Smith

Ingram Industries, Inc.

SunTrust Bank

Turner Construction Co.

Wells Fargo Bank

$500 – $999

Lipscomb University College of Business (in-kind)

Skanska (in-kind)

$250 – $499

Nashville Electric Service

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