Chris Young

Chris Young

Senior Fellow

Buried Alive Project

Nashville, TN USA

Your mentality equals your reality.


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Chris Young


My road in life has taken me all over.
I’m from Clarksville, Tennessee.
My childhood was difficult because of my mom’s drug addiction.
I eventually went into foster care and was taken in by a family friend.
I started selling drugs as a teenager—my anger from my upbringing fueled my ambition to be successful but I just applied it to a goal that unfortunately has severe repercussions.
I was given two life sentences plus five years in prison at 22 years old after a third nonviolent drug-related conviction.
After 10 years in prison, I received presidential clemency and was released.
Upon being released, I incorporated a company with the goal of building an app called Like YOU to provide a community and remove the isolating effects of trauma for people like me.
I also work as a senior fellow for my lawyer’s organization (Buried Alive Project) which helps to free people serving life sentences for outdated federal drug laws.
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Senior Fellow

I work to disable life without parole sentences and I made an app to provide a community for people experiencing trauma.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Start figuring out and pursuing your interests early. I recommend starting on that path in high school. Whatever it is that you're interested in, find ways to start pursuing it while still in school.


Challenges I Overcame

Foster Child
Death and Loss
Formerly Incarcerated

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