myangThe Michael Yang Foundation was organized in 2002 by Steve and Lori Yang in memory of their son, Michael Yang.  Michael died at the age of 23 months on November 12, 2001.  His death was sudden and unexpected with the cause being undetermined.  Steve and Lori wish to honor their little boy while somehow making a difference in the lives of others.  The areas of support through the Foundation are a reflection of Michael and what would have brought him joy and been important to the quality of his life.

The first area of support from The Michael Yang Foundation is Kindermusik.  It is a music program for children age newborn to seven years old.  Michael was always dancing and if he heard music he would start to wiggle.  Along with his parents, Michael participated in Kindermusik and it was a gift they shared together.  The Yang family decided that they wanted  that experience for other children and parents.

The Michael Yang Foundation has provided individual scholarships, with the continued desire to reach more children.  Fall of 2004, the Foundation expanded funding to include a 10 week Music Box program to 18 four year olds at a preschool site, selectively chosen by Rowan Partnership For Children.  Currently, 15 children reap the rewards of Kindermusik.  The Michael Yang Foundation is excited about this positive endeavor.

The second area of support is Young Life.  Young Life is a Christian organization for teens.  Michael’s life would have been built on a Christian foundation.  The Yang family wanted to continue that effort in the life of another child.  Each year, Young Life sends teenagers to summer camp, with a number of those wishing to go financially unable. The Foundation sponsors at least one teenager each year to attend and prayerfully, improve the quality of their life and their relationship with God.

The third area is one in which Steve and Lori chose to support through their own struggles with grief.  Through the support of a grief program in Charlotte, the Yang couple credit so much of their strength and courage to a support network.  Along with another bereaved parent, Bill Smith, a support program was started in Rowan County for parents who have lost a child.   The group is called Circle of Hope.  Currently, there are 132 families on the mailing list.  Circle of Hope provides a safe haven for those who have lost a child.  Funding is provided solely from The Michael Yang Foundation.