About Torchbearers

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 580 Torchbearers-sponsored service hours throughout the Akron community in 2012. 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 2012 by Torchbearers include Akron Children’s Hospital, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Humane Society of Greater Akron, Akron Reads, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Akron Marathon.

Ten years later, Torchbearers membership is 100 strong and reflects the diversity found across the Greater Akron young professionals community. With the addition of 39 new members in 2013, Torchbearers plans to be able to accomplish even more in the years ahead.

Our Mission

To enhance Greater Akron by connecting, developing and engaging young leaders who possess a passion to serve their community.

Our Vision

We envision a culture of diverse leadership in which Torchbearers are engaged and making a meaningful contribution to our community.



If you are a member of the media and would like more information about Torchbearers, please contact:
     Kyle Kutuchief
     TB Press Secretary