According to the Department of Education’s data (2010), more than 1 in 5 U.S. students don't graduate high school --- and Mr. Young was almost one of them. This is a significant reason that he gives-back to opportunity (at-risk) communities, shares his unlikely journey to overcome my educational challenges, and also inspires others to achieve their potential.
Mr. Young's past educational challenges drive him to do more to educate, uplift, and inspire others. His mantra is “It’s not about me, it’s about the collective ‘we,’ and I’m trying to find the next me.” --- as others (like him) were also told that they weren't worthy of someone’s time and attention.
Highlights of Mr. Young's work to give-back, along with select media coverage:
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educator, mental health advocate, social entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, author, writer/contributor, program executive, and radio host