Gary and Mary formed a vision – to set up a charitable foundation, now called the D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation.
One of its first projects was the creation of a new, advanced school in Ecuador.
In 2009 the new “Young Living Academy” opened its doors to 82 students. Soon that grew to 100 students, then 150, then 200. It continues to grow and expand, and now nearly 240 students attend the Academy, all the way up to year 12. Where most children in Ecuador drop out by the 8th Grade, the Young Living Academy has a 97% attendance rate, with many of the students planning post-graduate studies at college.
In March 2016, the Young Living Academy held its first graduation ceremony, with 12 students (100%) graduating. Every one of these students plans to attend college and pursue their dreams to become doctors, engineers and lawyers, or to work in fields such as business administration, medicine and tourism. This kind of graduation success would be an impressive rate for any school, however it’s particularly inspiring given that the local graduation average was less than 20% when the Academy started.