Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young
  • What does your organization do?

    We serve individuals with disabilities and their families through a variety of equine related therapies, activities, educational & vocational programs and promote inclusion with our horse camps and horse shows.
  • How did you become interested in this work?

    As a peidatriac physical therapist I loved seeing how empowered my patients were when they were riding a horse. It not only addressed my PT goals for strength, balance, coordination--it was a natural support for building social communication, confidence, and self-esteem. It helped me set the whole developing child up for success and they LOVED doing it, so it made my job easier.
  • What drives your passion?

    I want to do everything I can to help every child with disabilities be enriched, empowered and successful.
  • Did you have a mentor or a role model?

    Our founding board president ran a mulit-million dollar non-profit for 30 years, so she has been instrumental in guiding me step by step through the nonprofit world.
  • What's the biggest challenge in your work?

    I work too many hours because we don't have enough budget to bring on more support staff to alleviate some of my responsibilities.
  • What's the best advice that you have ever received?

    Less is more!
  • What are your top tips for new Executive Directors?

    1. Find a mentor.
    2. Keep your board small.
    3. Make time to make personal connections for outreach. It's all about who you know!