Kelvin Young is a certified Sound Healer and Community Health Worker at InterCommunity HealthCare in Hartford, CT. He is also a person in sustained recovery, which means he haven’t used alcohol or other drugs to cope with his mental and emotional distress since March 6, 2009. The first time he was exposed to sound healing, Kelvin discovered the sounds of the crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and gongs calmed his mind, relaxed his body and nourished his soul. He went on to study sound healing with Master Sound Healers, Zacciah Blackburn of The Center of Light, Paul Hubbert of the Holographic Sound and Inner Balance and Satya Brat Jaiswal of the International Academy of Sound Healing. Kelvin has also studied with Brian Luke Seaward of Inspiration Unlimited, a renowned international expert in the field of holistic stress management, received his recovery coach certification at CT Community for Addiction Recovery(CCAR) and his Recovery Support Specialist(RSS) certification at Recovery University.(Advocacy Unlimited)
Kelvin has presented around the country in diverse settings, including Yoga Reaches Out, Newtown Yoga Festival, The Shift Network, Indie Yoga in San Francisco, CA, Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, yoga studios, retreat centers, conferences, colleges, prisons, addiction treatment centers, psychiatric inpatient units at state hospitals and mental health agencies. He also was presented with the 2017 Dr. F. Marcus Brown Memorial Integrative Medicine Award for exceptional commitment to incorporating integrative medicine within CT Valley Hospital, a state psychiatric hospital. Kelvin was featured in a powerful documentary on trauma, addiction and recovery called Uprooting Addiction. He also serves on the board of directors at Manchester, CT HOPE Initiative, Eat The Sunlight Health Inc., and A Promise To Jordan, Inc. He is an active member of the International Association of Peer Supporters(INAPS) and CT Alcohol and Drug Policy Council.
Kelvin is also a founding member of Toivo, a peer-run holistic healing center in Hartford and the CT BIPOC Mental Health and Wellness Initiative. Kelvin has been inducted into the CT Hall of Change in September, 2020. CT Hall of Change is designed to recognize formerly incarcerated men and women who have made substantial contribution to CT communities since their release. Kelvin is the author of "Finding Freedom Behind Bars: A Journey Of Self-Discovery & Healing" where he shares his story of trauma, addiction, incarceration and 3 keys that have helped him move forward without turning back to self-destructive ways of coping or simply giving up.
Kelvin sustains his health and recovery by eating a vegan/plant-based diet, practicing sound healing, deep breathing exercises, listening to uplifting and relaxing music, body movement, being in nature, reading, journaling, massages, resting and connecting with family and friends.
Today, he publicly speaks about mental health, addiction recovery, peer support and healing to people from all walks of life. Kelvin also facilitates private and group sound healing sessions at different locations throughout the United States. He is passionate about holding space for people to heal and is known for his warm, loving and down-to-earth way of connecting with people.