The New Faces of YPS | Elizabeth's Blog

I have the great honor to announce that I have accepted the new position of Manager of United Way of Southern Nevada’s Young Philanthropists Society. The joy of being a member is indescribable, but being a part of the YPS leadership team is even more amazing. Every day, I am surrounded by inspirational young leaders in our community and immersed in their commitment to creating a better future. Every single member is dedicated to making a lasting change in the lives of the youth of Southern Nevada.

We are a generation of like-minded young professionals dedicated to improving people’s lives. We are a social movement. We are Southern Nevada. YPS is about working together to create programs that improve the lives of children and families such as the “Piggy Bank”. Teaching kids how to save at an elementary age. How to start healthy money habits. It’s about ending generational poverty. It’s about helping every child graduate and go to college.

Before I joined the team at United Way, I was working and traveling the world on cruise ships as a singer in production shows. When I decided to leave the ocean air, I knew that I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. I wanted to work with dedicated people and in an environment that inspired me every day. I have to say, in the mere seven months that I have worked at United Way, I have fallen in love. I love my job and have a newfound passion for my city,

Part of this passion is my investment in seeing it succeed. I grew up here in Southern Nevada. I graduated from Palo Verde High School, part of Clark County School District. When I learned about the amazing work that YPS was doing involving education and financial literacy in the very district I graduated from, I knew I had join and become a part of YPS’s efforts to create the foundation for a better life for all.

I know I cannot do this work alone. I am so happy to announce the strong and invaluable team I get to work side by side with to grow our good work in the community. Senior co-chair Justin Micatrotto, co-chair Timara Marquis, and vice chair Landon Mance will offer valuable insight as dedicated YPS members and program manager Takiyah Butler (also a YPS member!) and major gifts manager Kelley Grim will keep things running smoothly on the United Way side. Needless to say, I am beyond humbled to work with this super team and look forward to seeing where we can take YPS. 

To learn more about YPS, click here.