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.
The Young Living Academy launches its Sponsor-a-Child program, allowing members to contribute to a student's tuition to attend school.
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.
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.
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.
December 2, 2017
The Yarsa Primary School opens its doors to over 40 excited students, becoming the second Young Living Academy in the world!
May 31, 2018
After over two years of rebuild efforts and ten service trips, all 100 homes in Yarsa, Nepal have been completed!
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.