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Meet Brian Young

Brian is both the founder and the CEO of the Brian Young Foundation, an organization dedicated to working with and forging the future leaders of Haiti. With a focus on providing education, healthcare, advocacy, and care for abandoned children, the Brian Young Foundation aims to make a difference on a personal level. 

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Meet Brian Young

Brian is both the founder and the CEO of the Brian Young Foundation, an organization dedicated to working with and forging the future leaders of Haiti. With a focus on providing education, healthcare, advocacy, and care for abandoned children, the Brian Young Foundation aims to make a difference on a personal level. 

Born and Raised in Texas

Brian was born on August 25, 1976, in the small town of Hallettsville, TX. Born to and raised by David and Ruth Young, Brian and his family enjoyed an active early life in their small church, centering their life’s goals on faith, family, and supporting the community.

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Born and Raised in Texas

Brian was born on August 25, 1976, in the small town of Hallettsville, TX. Born to and raised by David and Ruth Young, Brian and his family enjoyed an active early life in their small church, centering their life’s goals on faith, family, and supporting the community.

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Lover of Church and Family

Born and raised in southeast Texas in a Christian home, Brian would spend his most formative years learning about God while leading his own life with both dignity and grace. Knowing he was fortunate in his upbringing and background, Brian understood that it was his calling to become an advocate for Christ while providing for those less fortunate. It was during this time in his life that Brian and his siblings, Katy and Michael, would begin regularly attending bible studies, eventually leading to volunteer work and a call to serve the less fortunate.

Outside his work in the church or with the Brian Young Foundation, Brian likes to immerse himself within nature. Brian is like many small-town Texas locals as he loves to spend time fishing, hunting, or hitting the lakes with his father and brother.

As a student, Brian found that he excelled at football, and it was through his efforts at the Sacred Heart Catholic School that he would attend Texas Lutheran University. Brian would meet his future wife at Texas Luthern and the two would become close friends, beginning their courtship in 1996 with a mission trip to Guatemala. A mutual love of God and serving those less fortunate would cause their relationship to flourish.

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Lover of Church and Family

Born and raised in southeast Texas in a Christian home, Brian would spend his most formative years learning about God while leading his own life with both dignity and grace. Knowing he was fortunate in his upbringing and background, Brian understood that it was his calling to become an advocate for Christ while providing for those less fortunate. It was during this time in his life that Brian and his siblings, Katy and Michael, would begin regularly attending bible studies, eventually leading to volunteer work and a call to serve the less fortunate.

Outside his work in the church or with the Brian Young Foundation, Brian likes to immerse himself within nature. Brian is like many small-town Texas locals as he loves to spend time fishing, hunting, or hitting the lakes with his father and brother.

As a student, Brian found that he excelled at football, and it was through his efforts at the Sacred Heart Catholic School that he would attend Texas Lutheran University. Brian would meet his future wife at Texas Luthern and the two would become close friends, beginning their courtship in 1996 with a mission trip to Guatemala. A mutual love of God and serving those less fortunate would cause their relationship to flourish.

Hurricane Matthew Was A Call to Action

Hurricane Matthew would act as Brian’s call to aid as more than 1.4 million Haitians would lose both their homes and livelihood as a result of the natural disaster. With thousands of women and children forced from their communities, the Head of UN Women in Haiti would declare danger for trafficking and exploitation during ‘crises like these.’

Following the 2010 Earthquake, UNICEF would estimate that more than 20,000 children were orphaned, displaced, or otherwise separated from their family units. Without intervention, these numbers would continue to grow. Mary Landrieu is the U.S. Senator from Louisiana, and she stated of the humanitarian crisis, “The problem is there’s no safety net of support services in Haiti.”

During his original efforts as a volunteer in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, Brian would notice the need for a caring, stable, and structured organization in the region. Brian saw that the neglected youth of Haiti could flourish with better resources made available to them. The seeds of the Brian Young Foundation would be planted in 2010, and they would dig deep, send roots, and flourish over the next six years.

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Hurricane Matthew Was A Call to Action

Hurricane Matthew would act as Brian’s call to aid as more than 1.4 million Haitians would lose both their homes and livelihood as a result of the natural disaster. With thousands of women and children forced from their communities, the Head of UN Women in Haiti would declare danger for trafficking and exploitation during ‘crises like these.’

Following the 2016 Earthquake, UNICEF would estimate that more than 20,000 children were orphaned, displaced, or otherwise separated from their family units. Without intervention, these numbers would continue to grow. Mary Landrieu is the U.S. Senator from Louisiana, and she stated of the humanitarian crisis, “The problem is there’s no safety net of support services in Haiti.”

During his original efforts as a volunteer in Haiti following the 2020 earthquake, Brian would notice the need for a caring, stable, and structured organization in the region. Brian saw that the neglected youth of Haiti could flourish with better resources made available to them. The seeds of the Brian Young Foundation would be planted in 2010, and they would dig deep, send roots, and flourish over the next six years.

'Restaveks': Helping the Hidden Slave Children of Haiti

Due to a lack of social safety nets and safety services, more than 207,000 children are estimated to be trapped in domestic labor circumstances, otherwise known as restaveks — or ‘slave children.’ Restaveks are children sent away from poor parents to work on behalf of a host household. While no exact number is currently quantified, experts suggest that there are between 100k and 500k restaveks throughout Haiti, with that number growing.

Brian Young was moved by his discovery of the restavek crisis, and it was therein that he felt compelled to work. Considering the idea of giving his child up to slavery due to poverty, Brian would make it his goal to provide the basic needs of children throughout Haiti undergoing extreme levels of poverty.

During one of his many visits to the island, Brian would note the sheer number of orphaned children on the streets begging for support or asking to earn money. This was a particularly striking image for Brian as it is understood that the orphans of Haiti are at particular risk of becoming captured or otherwise forced into labor. Natural disasters only exacerbate these issues as Fabiola Brignol of the charity World Vision is quick to note. Brignol says, “Natural disasters, sadly, always cause an increase in cases of child abuse.”

'Restaveks': Helping the Hidden Slave Children of Haiti

Due to a lack of social safety nets and safety services, more than 207,000 children are estimated to be trapped in domestic labor circumstances, otherwise known as restaveks — or ‘slave children.’ Restaveks are children sent away from poor parents to work on behalf of a host household. While no exact number is currently quantified, experts suggest that there are between 100k and 500k restaveks throughout Haiti, with that number growing.

Brian Young was moved by his discovery of the restavek crisis, and it was therein that he felt compelled to work. Considering the idea of giving his child up to slavery due to poverty, Brian would make it his goal to provide the basic needs of children throughout Haiti undergoing extreme levels of poverty.

During one of his many visits to the island, Brian would note the sheer number of orphaned children on the streets begging for support or asking to earn money. This was a particularly striking image for Brian as it is understood that the orphans of Haiti are at particular risk of becoming captured or otherwise forced into labor. Natural disasters only exacerbate these issues as Fabiola Brignol of the charity World Vision is quick to note. Brignol says, “Natural disasters, sadly, always cause an increase in cases of child abuse.”

Supporting the Orphans of Haiti

One of the leading reasons for the Brian Young Foundation’s existence, the orphan crisis in Haiti is estimated to exceed more than one million children. Due to a lack of funding and social safety nets, many of these orphanages are overburdened, underfunded, and incapable of providing appropriate care to the children who need it most.

Through the Brian Young Foundation, Brian and his staff help to resolve mental and physical trauma that requires advanced and special attention. Counseling, safety, healthcare, and nutritious meals are the foundation upon which all other work is built through the Brian Young Foundation.

After being confronted with the difficulties that Haitian children face on a day-by-day basis, Brian would make it his personal and professional mission to attend to their needs, bring awareness to their plights, and to solve as many issues as is within his power to do so. Brian looks to his wife’s love of serving for motivation as the two crafted what would become the Brian Young Foundation together.

Supporting the Orphans of Haiti

One of the leading reasons for the Brian Young Foundation’s existence, the orphan crisis in Haiti is estimated to exceed more than one million children. Due to a lack of funding and social safety nets, many of these orphanages are overburdened, underfunded, and incapable of providing appropriate care to the children who need it most.

Through the Brian Young Foundation, Brian and his staff help to resolve mental and physical trauma that requires advanced and special attention. Counseling, safety, healthcare, and nutritious meals are the foundation upon which all other work is built through the Brian Young Foundation.

After being confronted with the difficulties that Haitian children face on a day-by-day basis, Brian would make it his personal and professional mission to attend to their needs, bring awareness to their plights, and to solve as many issues as is within his power to do so. Brian looks to his wife’s love of serving for motivation as the two crafted what would become the Brian Young Foundation together.