About S. L. Young
"Life won't wait for you to get ready; you're the one who needs to catch-up."
S. L. Young is an author, current Medium/former HuffPost contributor, professor, founder of the educational nonprofit organization “Saving Our Communities at Risk Through Educational Services (SOCARTES – socartes.org)," founder of the company “Beyond SPRH, LLC – beyondsprh.com)," and former host of his radio show “Beyond Just Talk with S. L. Young.” The topics of his books about overcoming challenges and living a purposeful life include: belief, overcoming challenges, inspirational quotes, ethics, communication, living with intention, time management, negotiation, and workplace bullying.
He became an author in 2012 with the release of his first book in the “It’s a Crazy World… Learn From It” series.
Mr. Young graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree in International Business with a marketing concentration. He also graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with two degrees: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Finance and Investments with a human resources concentration and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Project Management.
Young’s professional career includes over fifteen years with Fortune 500 companies, including Bell Atlantic, MCI, Sprint Nextel, and various consulting engagements, in the areas of billing, customer service, engineering, finance, information technology, network security, operations, product development, and software quality assurance.
He, also, teaches a variety of business courses (e.g., Business Communication, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Organizational Behavior/Development, Principles of Management, Small Business Management) for over twelve years at the Northern Virginia Community College and over three years at the Marymount University.
In 2012, Mr. Young created his non-profit organization “Saving Our Communities at Risk Through Educational Services (SOCARTES – socartes.org)" to provide educational services to individuals in opportunity “at-risk” communities. This nonprofit organization provides opportunities for him to give-back to the community.
Mr. Young’s passions to help others is based on his abilities to excel academically and professional after being directed to leave high school in tenth grade, graduating in the bottom 8% of his high school class, and attending several colleges prior to actively becoming engaged in the process of learning. These experiences drove his desires to tirelessly help others in meaningful ways and various environments.
In January 2015, he launched his business "Beyond SPRH, LLC," which provides solution-oriented services to help individuals and organizations to maximize output potential.
In 2018, Young received special recognition for his work to educate inmates. The first is the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Innovative Service Award” from the U.S. Department of Education for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, in collaboration with the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African Americans. The second is the “Distinguished County Service Award” from Volunteer Arlington (a program of the Leadership Center for Excellence). The third is “Volunteer of the Month” from the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office.
Mr. Young is excited to share knowledge that leads to individual and collective growth, while also providing “authentic” lived-experiences to inspire others to overcome challenges and pursue their dreams, too.
Mr. Young’s motto is…
“It’s not about me, but the collectively ‘we,’ and I’m trying to find the next me."
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Mr. Young is excited to provide knowledge that leads to individual and collective growth while also sharing life experiences that inspire others to pursue and achieve their dreams.