2021 VIGC Foundation Artisan Items
Making a difference for women around the world.
The Young Living Foundation made huge waves with several exciting announcements at the 2021 Virtual International Grand Convention. We hope you’re as excited as we are about the debut of our newest essential oil blend, One Voice™, which is helping empower survivors of exploitation. We also launched the Passion in You program, which makes it possible for you to multiply the difference you make in your community.
The newest Foundation essential oil blend, One Voice™, has a story as inspiring as its warm, liberating aroma and as vibrant as its label, co-designed by a young survivor of human trafficking.
Sreyleak* had a difficult childhood. Born into bonded labor, she was forced to work from early childhood. After her parents died, Sreyleak and her siblings inherited their parents’ debt and were left with a sense of dread that they’d never be able to pay it off.
That’s why when Sreyleak was 14 and approached by a friendly man offering her more prosperous work in a restaurant in Phnom Penh, she and her brothers decided taking the opportunity could help pay back the debt faster. Shortly after arriving in the capital city, Sreyleak realized that her vulnerability had been taken advantage of. Not only was she not receiving the wages she’d been promised, but she was also forced into sexual exploitation.
Sreyleak was rescued by Hope for Justice and spent time healing in a rehabilitation center supported by the Young Living Foundation. Fast forward two years and Sreyleak is learning to dream again! She particularly enjoys art therapy as a means of healing from her trauma and sketched what is now the One Voice essential oil blend label! Her design represents and celebrates the transformation and restorative process that survivors of trafficking go through from darkness into lives full of color, possibility, and hope.
Read Sreyleak’s full story and learn more about how 35 percent of each One Voice sale will make a difference in the lives of exploitation survivors around the world through the Young Living Foundation!*Name changed to protect survivor’s identity.
Since the Young Living Foundation began, brand partners from around the world hungry to make a difference have asked us to support projects in their own backyards. We heard your passion for change and built a program to fuel the passion in you!
Our new Passion in You program is making it possible for you to raise funds for a cause you care about anywhere in the world. Even better, the Foundation will match up to $10,000 USD per fundraiser!
Connect with a charitable organization you care about to identify a current fundraising need.
Apply to become a project leader in the Passion in You program.
If approved, create a fundraiser page on the Foundation’s website and share it with everyone you know to bring support and awareness to your Passion Project.
We partnered with five women-led artisan groups to launch six exquisite product bundles at the VIGC. The women who created the handcrafted items featured in these collections have incredible stories, such as Evon, whose fair pay income provides her six daughters with a quality education; or Alphonsine, who helps with her family’s immediate financial needs.
While each woman’s story is unique, their gratitude for the opportunity to fulfil these orders is unanimous. Join us on a journey around the world to learn more about each of the handmade items featured throughout the VIGC artisan collections and the women who created them.
The D. Gary Young Global Leadership Fund for Higher Education is providing scholarships to ambitious students supported by our partners and projects around the world. During Saturday’s Wake Up with YL segment, we had the opportunity to chat with one of our inspiring YL global scholars, Radha Kumari. As a teenager from rural India, Radha watched friend after friend marry and start families while they were in their early teens.
Determined to defy the odds, Radha began attending Yuwa School, where she received an excellent education, gained confidence, and became a strong leader and example to girls in her community. Radha has been awarded a scholarship through the D. Gary Young Global Leadership Fund for Higher Education and is pursuing her dream of receiving a business management degree and starting a social enterprise for women in her community.
Listen to Radha’s full story as she tells it herself and join us on Sunday, July 11, for International Essential Oils Day, when we’ll be sharing more stories from our YL global scholars!
Tune in to our social media channels and shop your favorite products at YoungLiving.com. Five percent of global sales on International Essential Oils Day on July 11 (up to $300,000 USD) will go directly to making a difference for our ambitious students around the world.
We had a blast joining over 5,700 individuals from 45 countries for this year’s virtual Run for a Cause 5K. Together, we raised over $180,000 to help build the futures of Young Living global scholars through the D. Gary Young Global Leadership Fund for Higher Education!
We continue to be inspired and awed by your creativity and extend our deepest thanks to everyone who participated this year!
Each year we love bringing you stylish gear that helps you support—and represent—the Foundation! Check out the newest Foundation swag on the YL Gear store, and remember, all the profits from Foundation gear help unlock opportunities for those in need by championing education, developing enterprise, and ending exploitation through our partners and projects.
As you begin to interact with the new Young Living website, you’ll notice that Round Up has been upgraded to our all-new Dollar Up feature. Dollar Up is the newest way to make a difference while you shop YoungLiving.com. Simply click the Dollar Up box at checkout to add a $1 donation to the Foundation to your orders or monthly subscriptions.