Chari Chin-Young promotes peace around the world
Chari Chin-Young realizes that a better life begins at the end of your comfort zone. And it wasn’t until she realized the benefits of trading comfort for growth that she truly started living. She is a young peace-seeker, who has dedicated her life to travel and service. And she is now the co-founder of World Peace Connection and a part of Unearth Travel-prenuers YouTube channel.
In a transparent interview, Chari shares her views on life and living.
What experiences helped shape the woman you are today?
Twenty-five years on this earth and I just recently discovered the things that inspires me. I am a woman who is open for growth, loves to feel uncomfortable, enjoys the mystery of travel, and wants the world to feel at peace. All while still understanding that I don't have it all together! I believe it's important to know that life and living are two separate things. Life is giving. Living is an opportunity! I live on this earth to be continuously shaped.
I am a product of a windowed Jamaican mother, who raised 12 girls; by the way I am the youngest. I am a New Yorker at birth and Atl-alien from high school to now. I am a Georgia Southern University Alumni. I am a Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. I am a Corp member of City Year. I am a co-founder of Un.earth YouTube. I am a co-founder of World Peace Connection. I am God’s daughter. I am not perfect. I do not have it all together. I have felt uncertain, insecure and fearful. All of these experiences shaped me into saying this statement "I am Chari Chin-Young."
Growing up did you experience any insecurities? If so, how did you overcome them?
As a child, of course I experienced insecurities. I was the kid who did not want to conform but still wanted people to like me. I never completely felt smart enough or certain. Most importantly, I did not know if I would ever live life to my full potential! But it wasn't until I removed myself from my comfort zone that I knew that I would never feel fully secure! I know that I am constantly growing and will be forever GROWING UP!
Once I grasped that concept, I realize that I can overcome my insecurities by understanding that uncertainty, curiosity and fear are all a part of growing! My advice is to continue to tap into your childlike insecurities but don't be childish!
Tell us more about World Peace Connection. What has been your most rewarding experience?
The World Peace Connection is an inspirational platform designed for individuals around the world to live out their inspiration.
In 2015, Dane and I decided to quit our jobs and we started our own non-profit called The World Peace Connection. World Peace Connection inspires individuals to unite and give back to the world by pursuing their passions, all while connecting and being of service to others. The World Peace Connection was founded once one individual asked us “What inspires you the most about life and living?” We pondered on this question and our number one response was travel and serving others.
We decided to use our response as a guide for the rest of our lives. We took a 6-month backpacking journey to South East Asia (Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore) and not just backpack, but travel with a purpose with our non-profit. Our mission is to empower, inspire and create a world peace connection through our travels. Throughout our travels we sponsored 7 different projects, which included us donating funds to local families, small businesses and other NGO’s in the majority of the countries we visited. We interviewed over 100 people and connected with them by asking the one question “What inspires you the most about life and living?”
The most rewarding moment through this World Peace Connection journey is realizing no matter what country that I am in we all want one thing, which is the connection of peace. I shared sacred moments with strangers from the other side of the world and the common language we shared was love and peace.
With the results on my travel journey, I was also able to connect with other powerful women in Bali. We connected instantly and realized we are 3 women, who reside in 3 different countries that have 3 different brands. We are now hosting an Instagram (@Travellitetv) and Youtube (@un.earth) showing the world 3 different ways to travel through the lens of 3 strong-willed women. Big ups to Jasmine Pringle and Jena Dominque, as a collective we make Un.Earth.
What inspires you the most about life?
The first time I answered this question, it really hit me hard. I broke down the difference between life and living. Life to me is something that is giving, but living is a choice. I realized in that moment that I was fortunate enough to even have a choice to live or just have life!
I didn’t want to just have life, I wanted to live! It clicked to Dane that, his inspiration is traveling and mine is service! So we took a leap of faith, quit our jobs and spearheaded The World Peace Connection. We want others to feel that same “ahh haa” moment we felt. We use our travels to inspire others to live! So what inspires me the most about life and living is to live my life to inspire individuals to help them discover the epic idea that motivated their birth. I will use my non-profit as a cyber platform for individuals to start their inspirational projects and connect with other individuals.
What are some things you hope to accomplish with World Peace Connection in the future?
The World Peace Connection is already within each individual around the world. It is a movement, a lifestyle and a verb. I believe that we will inspire people to use what is already gifted inside them to connect and inspire the World. As we look to the future, our focus is to find a way to make service look cool. We are breaking the stigma of people feeling like they have to have it "all together" but in reality it's already within.
If we can get people to start doing what they love to do and take action towards their passions by following what inspires them the most about life and living, we believe it will inspire many others around them to make positive change as well. And through that shared experiences around the world, it connects us all and that's how we will build a World Peace Connection.
My partner Dane Caston always says, the currency of the Kingdom is relationships. So sustaining an organization that builds relationships is what we plan to keep doing here at the World Peace Connection. "What inspires you the most about life and living?"
For more inspiration, follow Chari on Instagram @Charichinyoung.