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Empower Service Trip

This place | Young Living Academy in Ecuador

 I love it with all my soul.

 As the founder Gary Young said,
 "You can’t go into another country without helping the country. And I believe if they give to us, we give back and we give more and greater. And so it was creating a school."

 With the 1st steps out of the van,
 You can feel the magic of the property,
 You can feel the passion of Gary Young &
 You can feel the love of the sweetest most welcoming people.

 In a small city named Chongon,
 It is school to 300 plus students.
 It provides daily organic meals, love and support to help these amazing kids thrive in a place that is not in favor of success.

 This place has become a special place filled with kids that know my name and allows me the ability to love on them in such simple ways. It has filled a hole of service that I never knew I needed.  It is my dream to continue serving the students and staff at the Academy, and to return to train and certify the staff and students in Emergency First Aid, CPR and AED.  I would also like to raise enough money to donate an AED to the Academy.


The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation's flagship project, the Young Living Academy, began in 2009 and is home to our Sponsor a Child program.

When we began in 2009, there were 83 students. Today, the Academy serves 350 children in grades pre-K through 12.

In addition to a top-quality curriculum, the Academy allows students to participate in:

  • Music classes
  • Drama and dance clubs
  • Soccer, baseball, and volleyball clubs
  • Computer and English classes
  • Hands-on agricultural education and experiences


As part of the agricultural education, students experience the Seed to Seal® process firsthand at the Young Living Ecuador farm.

"At YLA, I have developed and strengthened leadership values like humility and teamwork. I've learned that money doesn't make you a better human—it depends on your feelings and thoughts. I've learned the importance of working and cooperating with my classmates, giving the best I could even if we disagree. I have become a more responsible student and daughter!" – Marosca Peñaherrera, 2017 graduate

Most children in Ecuador drop out of school by the eighth grade, and only 20 percent of local students graduate. The Academy has a 97 percent attendance rate, and 100 percent of our seniors have graduated each year! Beyond that, those graduating seniors are going on to college to pursue dreams of becoming doctors, engineers, and lawyers and working in fields such as business administration, medicine, and tourism.

We believe that all children deserve a quality education, and with the help of our donors, we're providing just that for hundreds of children in Ecuador. Get involved today and help us do more.