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Dr. Eloise L. Young

Dr. E. L. YoungDr. Eloise L. Young is founder of Young Faces Smiling, a non for profit organization which provides (a reality classroom adventure) educational assistance to students in need.  Always giving of herself in service to God, Dr. Young had a vision to help those in need and once the opportunity presented itself, she was unhesitant in establishing this organization. The foundation of her success is Love for People.

Born one of seven children to Daniel and Helen Young, Dr. Young grew up in the Fairview Greenburgh area, where she attended Greenburgh/White Plains Public Schools.  An Honors graduate of The College of New Rochelle, Dr. Young gave her life to Christ and at the age of 22 having received a divine call to serve in the ministry.

To prepare herself, Dr. Young enrolled at Manhattan Bible Institute in New York City under the auspices of the late Dr. Edward Boise, where she read for an undergraduate degree in Theology and a Masters in Religious Education. She also holds a Certificate of Counseling from New York Theological Seminary.  Dr. Young is also a graduate of the Westchester Business School.

Rev. Dr. Young has served as Chaplain of the Westchester County which involved counseling residents of the various County institutions located in Valhalla, namely, the Department of Corrections, the Psychiatric Institute, the Geriatric Center and the Westchester Medical Center. Working alongside the Social Services Department, Dr. Young helped to promote a Sesame Street Program which allowed children of inmates to be transported to the facility once a month to spend time with their mothers. A businesswoman in her own right, Rev. Young owned and operated Religious Hut, the first Christian Bookstore in the town of Greenburgh.

A forerunner and trailblazer of the gospel, Dr. Eloise L. Young has taken the message to inner city street corners, beneath tents and into affluent communities nationwide, crossing racial lines and cultures.  She shares the gospel via the Vision of Hope Telecast Ministry, a weekly telecast aired via Public Access every Monday in Portchester, on Wednesdays in Greenburgh and Sundays in White Plains and Yonkers.

Dr. Young’s impact has been far reaching and a dissertation expounding her religious beliefs and philosophy has been placed in the Law Library at Harvard University.

In the heart of Dr. Young are America’s youth and the people at large. Under divine direction and inspiration, she has envisioned and established the following ministries:

POM – Prayer and Outreach Ministry, calling countywide prayer at the Westchester County Center to pray for our country and its leaders

WOW – Winning our World Youth Ministry

HOPE – Helping Other People’s Emptiness, which donates and distributes clothing and food to the needy

KIT – Keeping in Touch with the sick, widows, shut-in and homebound

REACH-IT – Responding Early and Catching Hope in Time dedicated to early childhood Christian education and cultural training


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