10 Years of Empowerment

Empower 1, inspire many.

A decade of elevating opportunities in underserved communities.

10 Years of Empowerment

Empower 1, inspire many.

A decade of elevating opportunities in underserved communities.

This year, The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation is celebrating 10 years of empowering the lives of underserved individuals and communities around the world by providing wellness and education opportunities. Young Living Founder, D. Gary Young, is the visionary behind the passion of the Foundation, and his ambitious dreams and heart paired with a calling to give back to others has blossomed into a nonprofit organization that elevates others to defy their limitations and dream as big as Gary did. 

One of the first examples of Gary’s desire to share the life-changing experience of service with others was his June 2001 trip to Durango, Mexico. Accompanied by a small group of Young Living members and employees, the team made the rugged journey up Copper Canyon to provide the members of the Tarahumara Indian Tribe with a water pump to make clean water more easily accessible, and they began construction on two schools for the children in the village.

This trip intensified a thirst within Gary to perpetuate awareness to our members to join him in his desire to help others in need and ultimately led to the establishment of the Young Living Foundation in 2009. Enjoy the following timeline of major events from the day it all began. 

April 14, 2009

The brand-new Young Living Academy  in Chongón, Ecuador opens its doors for the first time, also marking the founding of The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation.

January, 2010

The Young Living Foundation sends support to Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. 

September, 2011

The Young Living Academy launches its Sponsor-a-Child  program, allowing members to contribute to a student's tuition to attend school.

June 20, 2015

Construction completes on the new high school expansion at the Young Living Academy. 

August 10, 2015

Our partnership with Sole Hope begins, with the goal to remove jiggers and educate individuals on how to remain jigger-free for life. 

August 10, 2015

The Young Living Foundation partners with Healing Faith Uganda to test and treat malaria, hang preventative mosquito nets, and provide education to at-risk individuals and communities.

August 10, 2015

African Hearts becomes our partner with the goal to empower boys living in the Kisenyi slums in Uganda.

November 30, 2015

Gary Young visits Nepal to assess the damage resulting from two violent earthquakes.

February 13, 2016

Gary shares his experience in Nepal with Young Living  members, calling for donations and help to support rebuild efforts in the village of Yarsa.

March 9, 2016

The Young Living Academy celebrates its first graduating class, setting the precedent for the school's 100 percent graduation rate.

April 19, 2016

Individuals from the Young Living Foundation and the Young Living Academy assemble and distribute aid packages in Ecuador, days after the 2016 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

May 24, 2016

Gary returns to Yarsa, Nepal to establish a brick-making factory. This created employment opportunities for members of the community, and allowed them to use local resources to make bricks for the Yarsa rebuild efforts.

June 25, 2016

Taking a stand to end human trafficking, the Foundation welcomes Hope for Justice as a partner organization, focusing on efforts to rescue and rehabilitate victims of modern slavery in Cambodia.

June 25, 2016

The Young Living Foundation debuts a new and improved website.

April, 2016

 Days after floods wrecked havoc on communities in Louisiana, Young Living leaders assembled and distributed over 900 care packages to members displaced by the disaster.

December, 2016

The first group of volunteers head to Nepal for the first of 10 service trips to rebuild the village of Yarsa.

March 11, 2017

The Young Living Academy celebrates its second graduating class, marking the second year with a 100 percent graduation rate.

August 9, 2017

The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation Malaria Center, operated and staffed by Healing Faith, opens its doors in Jinja, Uganda, expanding the fight against malaria.

August, 2017

 When Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, Texas in August, the Foundation sprung to action, assembling teams of employees and Young Living members and dispatching them to distribute emergency relief supplies and begin mucking homes.

September, 2017 

Immediately after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, the Young Living Foundation made nine round-trip voyages to Puerto Rico on the Young Living corporate aircraft, supplying over 12,000 pounds in emergency relief supplies and evacuating over 20 individuals to safety.

September 21, 2017

Shortly following the Mexico City earthquake, Young Living products such as Ningxia Red and Wolfberry Crisp Bars and general emergency relief supplies were distributed to the disaster's first responders and Young Living members in the area.

December 2, 2017

The Yarsa Primary School opens its doors to over 40 excited students, becoming the second Young Living Academy in the world! 

February 17, 2018

23 seniors celebrated their achievement of graduating from high school in the Young Living Academy's third graduation ceremony.

May 31, 2018

After over two years of rebuild efforts and ten service trips, all 100 homes in Yarsa, Nepal have been completed!

June 16, 2018

At the 2018 International Grand Convention, we announced our expanded partnership with Hope for Justice in Africa.

August, 2018

The Young Living Foundation Blog is launched to further connect Young Living members and donors with the stories of those their contributions are empowering.

August 24, 2018

Continuing disaster relief efforts following the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City, a team of Foundation employees and Young Living Mexico members partnered with a local organization, Techo, to build temporary homes for those still waiting for aid.

September 6, 2018

Volunteers and local construction workers employed by the Young Living Foundation break ground on new projects in Nepal where we are restoring 16 schools and building two new women's cooperative centers.

October, 2018

After Hurricane Michael became the strongest hurricane to ever strike the Florida Panhandle, the Foundation distributed care kits to members who lost their homes and belongings, and made a $5,000 donation to The Sonder Project, a grassroots organization aiding with cleanup efforts and emergency supply distribution in underserved communities.

October 24, 2018

Students at the Shine School in Cambodia use sledge hammers to break down the wall that will soon become an expansion of their school, providing more space for exercise, socialization, and a new library.

November 1, 2018

12 dedicated and compassionate Young Living members officially join the Foundation family as our first ever group of Ambassadors!

November 23, 2018

Young Living Mexico members and Young Living Foundation staff return again to a community still waiting for aid following the 2017 earthquake, building temporary homes to provide shelter and security as families work to rebuild what they lost in the disaster.

December 31, 2018

After helping African Hearts rescue and feed boys in the slums of Kampala, an almost three-year long partnership reaches its end. The Young Living Foundation continues to serve vulnerable street children in Uganda with partner Hope for Justice Africa.

January 11, 2019

The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation Hope Center opens its doors for the first time to welcome new patients. The Hope Center, staffed by Sole Hope, will more than double the capacity of Sole Hope's previous Outreach House!

February 16, 2019

The Young Living Academy congratulates its forth graduating class, maintaining an impressive 100 percent graduation rate in an area in which only 20 percent of students reach this milestone.

January 18, 2019
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