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Young Living Foundation Announces Ecuador School Expansion, Giving Tuesday Campaign

The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation is sponsoring a service trip to expand its Young Living Academy in Chongón, Ecuador. To continue raising funds to expand the school’s ongoing efforts to provide academic resources to the community, the Foundation encourages donations to its Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign.

LEHI, Utah, November 17, 2022 — In the spirit of Giving Tuesday on November 29, The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation is excited to announce its service trip to expand the Young Living Academy in Chongón, Ecuador.

More than a dozen attendees will travel to the school from November 15–21 to kick off the expansion with a new preschool music and art building. Service trip attendees will also have the opportunity to spend time with their sponsored students and meet their families during home visits, an experience that sponsors, students, and families alike cherish.

An education at the Academy generates opportunities that are seldom available at other schools in the area—a community where on average only 20 percent of children graduate high school, limiting their income earning potential and prospects in life. From an International Baccalaureate curriculum designed to empower a rising generation of well-rounded changemakers and a variety of extracurricular activities that allow students to explore their passions, to scholarship opportunities that help our graduates pursue their higher education goals, families across the community are eager to send their children to the Academy.

The school has grown from 67 students at its inception in 2009 to its current enrollment of 367. Since its first graduating class in 2016, the school has celebrated 133 graduates, 93 of whom have gone on to pursue higher education opportunities. With the upcoming expansion, the academy hopes to support 1,000 students in the coming years, so even more children can pursue the futures of their dreams.

“The Young Living Academy has served as an education hub and beacon of hope in the Chongón community since its opening,” said Marin Bryce, Executive Director of the Young Living Foundation. “Education is the key to a brighter future, and we’re excited to expand the Academy to welcome even more students in the coming years.”

With the expert support of U.S.-based SSP Architects, the new music and art building will provide additional academic resources for students upon its grand opening at the start of the next school year in May 2023.

"We create buildings and spaces where communities can thrive,” said CEO Jeanne Perantoni from SSP Architects of the Young Living Academy expansion project.

The Young Living Foundation is encouraging those who want to support these efforts to provide academic resources to the surrounding community to consider donating to its Giving Tuesday Campaign or sponsor a student. And because Young Living Essential Oils covers the Foundation’s operating expenses, 100 percent of every contribution will go directly to this project and students in need. To learn more about how you can help, visit the Young Living Academy expansion page.

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