Spotlight: Melanie Young

Every month, leaders are stepping up and working harder than ever to educate, grow their business, and most of all, inspire. It is because of people like them, that Crowd1 has become what it is today. This is a chance to get to know the people behind the success.

What is your background like?

I was born deaf as the oldest of two girls, my parents were divorced when I was 2, so I was brought up by my mom, a single mom. Things were tough and money scarce, but the 3 of us being a close family, we pulled through. My family bonds are very strong.

What have been the biggest challenges?

My biggest challenge has been learning to cope in a hearing society. I have had to deal with very ignorant, intolerant people, who feel that disabled people are not capable of fitting into this society. Also, job opportunities are very limited. Many disabled people have ended up in jobs that haven't allowed their ability to grow and further themselves.

If you coach your younger-self. What would you say?
I would advise, know your self-worth and aim high. Learn to conqueror hurdles thrown into your path and always remain positive.

Who inspired you?

One of my greatest inspirations is my sister. At the age of 18 her liver was severely damaged through malpractice, which is now permanent. After almost losing her life three times through this, she still stays positive, is a very compassionate person and keeps on striving to move ahead with a loving disposition against all odds.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a child psychologist so I could help children with psychological issues and learning disorders.

What has been going through your mind lately?
I often think about how living conditions in this world are deteriorating. Many people are just existing from day to day. This is not what life should be like. Drastic change is going to need to happen, to make this world a better place.

What do you work towards in your spare time?
I am very sport orientated, so I enjoy cycling and swimming. I've also been trying my hand at golf, but just socially.

You are inviting one of our members home for dinner. What would you serve?
Serve them crisp roast potatoes, roast rosemary chicken, roast butternut, peas and gravy with rice and lemon meringue for dessert.

What is the best gift you have given somebody?
One Christmas day my family and others came together, and we were able to provide 80 people with a decent meal & treats for Christmas. I would love to be in a financial position to be able to continue helping the poor.