Emerging Leaders

Various volunteer events attended by Emerging Leaders in Baytown and Chambers County

The United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County (GBACC) Emerging Leaders is the next generation of great civic and business leaders who want to improve the lives of the community by mobilizing the caring power of a future generation of leadership, the young at heart, and fostering and empowering young professionals to make our communities and neighborhoods stronger.

Join Emerging Leaders and lead the charge for change! (See registration form below)

Emerging Leaders at Starlight Gala

United Way's Emerging Leaders are a dynamic group, all about making connections – with a purpose. 

With Emerging Leaders, you'll have opportunities to give back to Greater Baytown and Chambers County at events while meeting other ambitious and passionate young professionals.

We are building a stronger, healthier community with a focus on advancing United Way’s education, financial stability, and health goals.  Through professional development, educational opportunities, volunteerism, and networking events, the end goal of Emerging Leaders is to make a lasting impact in your community.

Membership Benefits:

  • Unique volunteer opportunities to make a visible and lasting change in greater Baytown and Chambers County
  • Lead panel discussions to create plan of action to address to address needs and gaps in United Way’s focus areas
  • Network with like-minded professionals also looking to actively engage in our community

Membership Criteria:

  • Young professionals ages 22-40

  • Desire to make lasting, positive change in Baytown, Highlands, and Chambers County

  • Donate $250 annually to United Way GBACC (approximately $21 per month) or volunteer 25+ hours annually through Volunteer Connect, or a combination of both.


E.L. Volunteer activities during 2020 and 2021


The current focus of United Way GBACC Emerging Leaders is Education & Youth.

In 2019, Emerging Leaders developed their Poverty Simulation Workshop, which provides a hands-on opportunity to walk in the shoes of an individual living in or near poverty.  This resource offers students a chance to see the difficult decisions that must be made on a daily and weekly basis by someone with limited resources.  The goal is to build greater understanding among the youth and young adults in our community in regard to individuals and households with limited means.

            *Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Poverty Simulation Workshop is currently inactive.

Join the Emerging Leaders GBACC group on Facebook!

Executive Council

Francesca Linder, Executive Chair (City of Baytown)

Stephanie Nunez, Poverty Simulation (Harris County Transit)

Gladys Pryor, Events/Volunteering (Love Network of Baytown)

Aaron Thomas, Outreach (Chambers County)


Support staff: Bethany Stinnett


Register here for Emerging Leaders: