author, HuffPost contributor, inspirational speaker, professor, project/program leader, social entrepreneur, and radio host

Mr. Young with aspiring journalists at the George Mason University's 2017 Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC).

You start with a blank slate, the way you fill it is up to you... choose wisely.



Utilize and contribute to your support system to maximize everyone's potential for success - even if your support system isn't defined by your traditional family lines.

Learn as much as possible about a range of topics throughout your lifetime - as learning shouldn't be tied to specific moments in time.

Make yourself available to support others on their journey - because community development supports everyone's efforts.


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​​​​​Don't devalue any positive struggles toward an endpoint, because completion and success feel the same no matter the way you started.

Challenging moments help to define each of us; the choices made during these times often reflect an individual's true nature.

S. L. Young