Torchbearers was founded in 2003 to strengthen the connection between Akron-area nonprofits and young people, as well as to further efforts to attract and retain young people in Greater Akron. The organization is a bridge between established leadership of the community and leaders of the future.
Since 2009, Torchbearers has collaborated with Leadership Akron in efforts to advance community leadership in the Akron area, and in early 2013, the two organizations signed a newly drafted affiliation agreement to collaborate more closely on an ongoing basis. The agreement will strengthen the two organizations’ affiliation through coordinated fundraising, ex-officio board representatives and collaboration on marketing efforts. Both organizations will retain independent governance and distinct identities, and Torchbearers will continue to identify as an independent affiliate of Leadership Akron.
Torchbearers takes pride in the fact that members contributed more than 1,000 Torchbearers-sponsored service hours throughout the Akron community in 2013! This is in addition to the countless hours members also contributed to non-sponsored community organizations and activities in the service of the Akron area. Organizations that were helped in 2013 by Torchbearers include St. Bernards Catholic Church, Have a Heart Do your Part Radiothon, Career Workshop Night w/ University of Akron Athletics, Greenleaf Family Center, Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, Akron Green and Clean Day (joint with YPN), United Way Day of Action, WKDD Kidz Day, Bridgestone Invitational, Habitat for Humanity, Akron Reads, OPEN-M, South Street Ministries, and Leader's Rock the Lock.
Eleven years later, Torchbearers membership is over 100 strong and reflects the diversity found across the Greater Akron young professional’s community. With the addition of 39 new members in 2013, Torchbearers plans to be able to accomplish even more in the years ahead.
To enhance Greater Akron by connecting, developing and engaging young leaders who possess a passion to serve their community.
We envision a culture of diverse leadership in which Torchbearers are engaged and making a meaningful contribution to our community.