Survivor, community activist, speaker, author, founder and believer Brooks J. Young has dedicated her life to rebuild, restore, and renew the lives of homeless individuals and women and children escaping domestic violence. Behind her bubbly personality and facade of strength is the story of trials, tribulations, prosperity, loss, and humility. Those experiences enabled God to humble her and instill the passion for Christ she possesses today. She has overcome heartache and emotional turmoil but remains thankful for her experiences as they led her to rededicate her life to Christ and helping women transform their lives through the teachings of Jesus.
In August 2011, Brooks became homeless, living between shelters and living on the streets. While homeless, Brooks continued to raise her voice and empower homeless survivors by motivating them to move beyond their circumstances and break the cycle of poverty, abuse, and homelessness. Brooks hopes to restore faith and build hope in the lives of all women with whom she comes into contact. Whether those women are hurting or struggling to both recover from events in their pasts and/or forgive those who have caused them pain, Brooks strives to help them heal. Showing and instructing women how to walk in their purpose without fear and depend on God in EVERY aspect of their lives is her reason for pressing forward and reaching out.
Brooks has 14+ years working in struggling communities, developing leaders, mobilizing volunteers, outreach, public speaking, and creating movements that spark change.
In 2017, Brooks formally began the organization Touching Heart which has since raised awareness for the social injustices of homelessness, poverty, education, and food insecurity, as well as serving those who are affected by these issues.
Brooks made her debut as an author in 2013 where she wrote her her memoir, Where God Took My Soul. It was born of a vision and will prove to empower and enlighten women who are walking in the footsteps that often lead to the destruction of lives and families. Her life serves as an example of how God continues to build her in the Spirit and bless her so that she can be a blessing to others.
Brooks is bringing the topics of domestic violence and homelessness to dinner tables, churches, beauty salons, and every place across America with the goal of educating families and communities.
Young has also received numerous awards and honors for her advocacy work, mentoring, and volunteering services.
Brooks J. Young is the founder and executive director of Touching Heart. She is also the author of Where God Took My Soul, a memoir about healing and hope, domestic violence, and homelessness. Brooks became homeless in August 2011, living in shelters, on the streets, and between the homes of friends and relatives. While homeless, she continued her advocacy of homeless awareness. Brooks has 14+ years working in struggling communities, developing leaders, mobilizing volunteers, outreach, public speaking, and creating movements that spark change. Brooks is bringing the topics of domestic violence and homelessness to dinner tables, churches, beauty salons, and every place across America with the goal of educating families and communities.