Southeastern Board Members Since: April 2007
Mrs. Carolyn McClain Young, wife of Ambassador Andrew Young, is an outstanding educator and civic leader. As Vice Chair of the Andrew J. Young Foundation, she is the major force behind fund-raising efforts and event planning. She also serves as the Executive Director of Andrew Young Presents, the Foundation’s Emmy-winning, nationally syndicated series of 17 documentaries highlighting Africa, the Civil Rights Movement and other social issues and themes. She raised an endowment of more than $1.3 million for the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University and is the sponsor for the Carolyn Young Mentor Walk, held the last two years at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. to celebrate and raise community awareness for mentoring.
Previously, Mrs. Young was an executive with the Atlanta-based GoodWorks International, LLC, a leading global advisory firm offering international market access and political risk analysis in key emerging markets within Africa and the Caribbean. In this position, she was co-owner for Protocol Contact for Foreign Dignitaries, and was responsible for planning logistics for guests and event planning for staff and corporate sponsors.
She achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Elementary Education from Clark College and a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from Georgia State University. Her earlier years of service were dedicated to teaching kindergarten through 7th grades, spending most of her teaching years with 5th graders. Carolyn served as mentor for new teachers and was instrumental in desegregating the faculty of the Atlanta Public Schools – East Lake Elementary School – as a first -year teacher. She retired after 30 years of distinguished service.
Mrs. Young has an extensive history of civic and community service locally, nationally and internationally. She has held one or more leadership positions with: G-Capp (founded by Jane Fonda to halt teen pregnancies); Steering Committee for the King Center’s King Week Activities; National Committee for the Arts; Finance Committee for the City of Atlanta Celebration of Older Citizens Month; Atlanta Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Buckhead Cascade Chapter of The Links, Inc.; Union Baptist Church; and the Ebony Fashion Fair fundraiser for scholarships. Internationally, Mrs. Young has served as co-sponsor of the Bethesda House (an orphanage in Soweto for children with AIDS); and the International Task Force for the Buckhead Cascade Chapter of The Links, Inc. In addition, she is a founding member and has held key positions of several organizations including: the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Women’s Board; the Clark Atlanta University Guild and the Sophisticates, Atlanta Chapter.
Mrs. Young presently serves on the following boards: Clark Atlanta University Board of Trustees; United Negro College Fund; Andrew & Walter Young YMCA; Atlanta Area Technical College; WestCare; and the Board of Advisors for the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University. Previous board affiliations include: the Governor’s Reform Commission for Education; Georgia Human Relations Commission; Board of the Georgia Council of Abused Children; Apex Museum; Fernbank Museum; Rabun Gap/Nacoochee School; Starlight Foundation and Literacy Action, Inc.
Mrs. Young has received numerous honors and awards to include: Atlanta Area II Teacher of the Year; Southern Bell Black History Calendar “Teacher of Excellence” ; Georgia Teachers Incentive Award for Intermediate Grades; Faithful Servant recognition by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Women; MASKED Award ( Mankind Assisting Students Kindle Educational Dreams) Outstanding United Negro College Fund Volunteer; and most recently received the Lady Who Leads Award and Honoree at the Legacy Ladies Tea.
Mrs. Young resides in Atlanta and is the daughter of Mrs. Dorothy Harden and the late Mr. Moses Harden.