About Youth Charity League

In 2017, some Portland moms got together with the idea of creating a family-friendly volunteer organization to connect parents, caregivers, and kids to local charities. The goal was to instill a sense of community service and civic responsibility in young children in the most inclusive and easy way possible – by modeling that behavior and engaging in volunteer activities together. Youth Charity League was formed.

Within a year, YCL expanded quickly, engaging our middle school and high school members to be an integral part of shaping the future of our organization. We added mentorship, leadership, and education opportunities. Our Team Portland families gave over 1100 hours of service during that time. Today, we continue to grow our membership and non-profit partnerships in the spirit of raising the next generations of engaged, positive changemakers.

YCL Co-Founders

Kate Begonia
Arlene Unverzagt
Claudia Valderrama

YCL Team portland Board of Directors 2019-2020

Kate Begonia, Co-founder + Board President
Andrea Jackson, Secretary
Claudia Valderrama, Co-founder + Treasurer
Alisa Gaylord, Director, Philanthropy
Courtney Laing, Director, Membership
Melanie Adamson, Director, Communications
Heidi Dunahugh, Head Coach