I formerly worked for the State of Florida serving as an aide to State Representative James Bush III, District 109. As an aide, I used my paralegal skills to draft on behalf of this district HB269, HB575, HB817, HB663, HB293, HB1017, HB141, HB7077 and HB285 which he's played a critical role in other major projects during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.
My story is similar to other hard-working Americans, my grand-mother Ghylea Rolle later moved to the United States from Cat Island in the Bahamas and married Joseph Young where they raised 13 children. I was born on June 16, 1961 , my parents Hercules A. Young and Susie M. Dotson raised the family in Homestead, Florida with our great-grandparents Emma Adderley Rolle and with the memories of my great-grand father a Nicholas Frances Rolle. I attended public schools throughout Miami-Dade County, A.L. Lewis Elementary, West Homestead Elementary, Naranja Elementary, Redland Junior High and he graduated South Dade High School in 1980. Later that year, he joined the United States Army. I was Honorably Discharged in 1982 after the death of his oldest brother, Sergeant David A. Young, a member of U.S. ARMY Special Forces; Fort Hood in Killeen, TX.
In 1986, Rubin began his career as a Deputy Clerk working for the Dade County Traffic Division under the Honorable Richard P. Brinker. Mr. Young was later appointed by AFSCME Union to be on the Labor Management Relations Board where he served as a Union Member for years.
In 1988, Mr. Young joined Florida State’s “Guardian Ad Litem Program,” where he served 2 years representing abused and neglected children. He worked with both judges and attorneys where he strived to ensure that children’s rights were well represented and protected in the Family Court System.
In 1990 and 2016, he became the first African American to run in a countywide nonpartisan election for Miami Dade County Clerk of the Circuits and County Courts and County Clerk. In his first ever bid Mr. Young received a considerable amount of countywide support, earning over 19,000 to 25,000 votes.
Also, in 1990, Mr. Young founded “Blacks Organizing Leadership Development (B.O.L.D),” one of the United State’s first leadership development organizations.
B.O.L.D. soon became the voice of the nation’s people, motivating leaders all over the world to stand up for the rights of poor people by demanding enforcement of current laws such as the Economic Opportunity Acts of 1964, 1972, 1978 as well as the Community Service Act of 1974; Public Laws 88-452, 92-424, 93-644, 88-352 and 95-568. These same laws helped to launch President Lyndon Johnson’s "War on Poverty Program" which created the Office of Economic Opportunity and the National Regional Community Service Administration Director under the authority of Mrs. Mary Lee Hill, Founder and CEO of EOPI.
Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, Mr. Young served as a Florida State Representative’s Legislative Assistant II in 1991. He was instrumental in helping the restructuring of the redistricting process, and in doing so helped elect many black officials to new seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In addition to his responsibilities as a public servant, Mr. Young also joined the American Federation for State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) where he served as Union Shop Steward and later as International Staff Representative, recruiting, organizing, and fighting for the rights of the Union’s members from 2011 to 2013 in Washington, DC, serving as a staff representative and organizer for AFSCME District Council 20.
In 1995, Mr. Young brought attention to issues such as welfare reform, healthcare, and Social Security straight to the attention of the nation when he campaigned for the Office of the President of the United States of America. He then communicated this important message to the people of the entire United States by creating a partnership with new technology and becoming one of the first Presidential candidates in 1995 to campaign using the internet.
He also earned his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Faulkner University and once pursued his master’s in human resource management at Nova Southeastern University, Kaplan University and he is still pursuing a degree in Paralegal Studies at Miami Dade Community College.
Rubin is a passionate believer in education and he will use his degrees to become an outspoken civil and constitutional rights attorney and community leader.
Mr. Young is President/CEO of one of the nation’s first leadership development organizations called Blacks Organizing Leadership Development and the Black Community Inc. of America, organizations formed to protect the best interests of our communities. Its theme is “Building a Better Community, One Community at a Time”. The Black Community Inc. of America was born on January 16, 2006 out of the life’s work of the late great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
ON THE ISSUES:
This is key to the success of every citizen living in the State of Florida. It must be easily accessible and free to all citizens looking to pursue the American dream. We need to create a plan to reach and teach young people valuable skills like career development. We must find employment for the unemployed and underemployed through the creation of new jobs and new opportunities in the fields of entrepreneurship and education.
Rubin Young’s mission and purpose is to promote the development of “The Beloved Community” that Dr. King spoke of throughout his life. As we move into the 21st Century, let us find ways to strengthen our neighborhoods and put local residents who live in these areas of neglect and abuse back to work.
“We must get ready to carry the fight and we must be prepared for our future by any means necessary.”
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