Make an impact on the Greater Houston community and become a Young Leader of Catholic Charities! You’re invited to join other like-minded young adults with a passion for faith and service who want to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people and families who struggle to survive every day. We welcome young leaders from all faith backgrounds to connect with us in the spirit of service.

Our mission is to increase engagement between young adults throughout the Greater Houston community through volunteering, networking, social events and fundraising to support Catholic Charities’ life-changing programs and services for people and families in need.

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Upcoming Events

Young Leaders Event Calendar

Member Benefits

  • Invitations to fun social and networking events
  • Access to exclusive professional development speaker series
  • Engaging volunteer opportunities
  • Gain leadership experience
  • Discounted tickets to Catholic Charities social events

Young Leaders Committee

Jordan Becker, Assistant Vice President, Frost Bank (Chair of Young Leaders Committee)
Clarissa Barboza, MBA, Contracts & Licensing Specialist, Crum and Forster
Jonathan Cruz, Director of Sports Vision Training-Xtreme Vision & Certified Vision Therapist, Bellaire Family Eye Care
Jackie Manley, Assistant Vice President – Commercial Real Estate, Amegy Bank
David Marquardt, CPA, Audit Manager, Grant Thornton LLP
Dakota Prochnow, Portfolio Manager – Commercial Banking, Commerce Bank
Samantha P. Torres, Attorney, Germer PLLC

What do the Young Leaders do?

Our Young Leaders help connect young professionals to the work of Catholic Charities. They are some of our best advocates to share our mission of helping people live better lives.

The Young Leaders also have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in volunteer events
  • Collaborate on focused fundraising efforts to benefit the Share Your Blessings Christmas gift program
  • Network and socialize with other like-minded young professionals at fun events throughout the year
Do I have to be Catholic to join?

Not at all! We welcome all young professionals between the ages of 21-40 from all faith backgrounds to join us!

Is there a cost?

The fee to join the Young Leaders group is a $50 annual donation. The funds help pay for meetings and events, and also supports the Share Your Blessings Christmas gift campaign.

You can pay online here.

Who can be one of the Young Leaders?

We invite anyone between the ages of 21-40 who wants to make an impact in their community! We also welcome all people from any faith background across all industries to join us.

How do I get started?

It's easy!

Step 1: Complete the online form.

Step 2: Make your $50 donation here.

We will then contact you about upcoming meetings and events to get started!

Questions? Please contact Karina Hernandez at or 713.874.6645