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Goddard Systems Presents 14th Annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship to Kira Young from Cumming, GA

·5 min read

Mental health advocate awarded $10,000 to help pursue college studies in psychology

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., August 30, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Goddard Systems, LLC, the franchisor of The Goddard School, the nation’s leading premium educational childcare provider, has awarded Kira Young the 2022 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. Now in its 14th year, this $10,000 scholarship is granted annually to a Goddard School pre-k or kindergarten graduate who demonstrates the work ethic, perseverance and commitment to the community that exemplifies Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system. Young is a 2010 kindergarten graduate of The Goddard School of Suwanee (Old Atlanta).

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Kira Young, 2022 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship Recipient (Photo: Business Wire)

Young, a mental health advocate, has launched several initiatives to promote awareness and offer resources on the topic. In an effort to educate herself and others, she founded The Power of Okay, a website dedicated to an array of mental health topics including mental health illnesses, self-help book reviews, interviews with mental health professionals and wellness advice. Young also partnered with her high school to initiate Operation Positivity, which enables students to promote mental health awareness and spread positivity throughout the school.

"Out of the thousands of applications we’ve received over the years, Kira’s positivity and passion for helping others truly stand out, and we are honored to name her this year’s recipient of the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship," said Dennis R. Maple, Goddard Systems chairman and CEO. "As The Goddard School strives to make the world a better place through early childhood development, Kira is on a similar mission to make the world better through mental health awareness. On behalf of the entire Goddard community, we are privileged to be a part of Kira’s educational journey and thank her for the positive impact she’s making."

Young is an incoming freshman at Emory University in Atlanta, majoring in psychology. She plans to later attend graduate school to obtain a doctorate in psychology to empower others to make a positive impact on the world, something she learned to do at Goddard.

"In addition to providing me with a lifelong love of learning, The Goddard School taught me how to show compassion and advocate for the people and things I believe in," said Young. "Reflecting on my school experience, it was The Goddard School that ignited my drive to explore new things and allow my passions to develop into various projects. I’m honored to be a recipient of the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship and grateful for the opportunity Goddard has given me to help others."

In addition to her mental health awareness initiatives, Young has pursued wellness in other areas by obtaining three yoga teaching certifications. She also interns at the Forsyth County Board of Education, working on wellness and mental health projects.

"Having been part of the Goddard family for more than twenty years, I’ve seen thousands of students come through my doors, yet I remember Kira so vividly," said Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School of Suwanee (Old Atlanta). "Even at such a young age, Kira demonstrated that she is a natural-born leader and possessed such empathy for those around her. She is a bright light to all who know her, and I can’t wait to see the good she continues to do in this world."

For more information about The Goddard School and the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, please visit GoddardSchool.com.


Established in 1988, Goddard Systems, LLC, the franchisor of The Goddard School, is the acknowledged leader in the premium early childcare and education market segment. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Goddard Systems has been consistently named one of the top childcare franchises in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times. Goddard Systems currently licenses nearly 600 Goddard School franchises that serve more than 75,000 students in 37 states and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit goddardschoolfranchise.com.


Learning for fun. Learning for life.®

Children learn best through experience. The Goddard School uses current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life.

The distinctive structure positions schools to support the needs of families and helps ensure that children are known and appreciated for their individual talents and personalities. The Goddard School’s F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) helps children explore and discover their interests in a safe, nurturing environment. And a team of acknowledged experts in various fields of early childhood education guides the course of study.

Additionally, this program has earned AdvancED Corporation Accreditation and Middle States Corporate Accreditation for creating policies, programs and standards that help franchised locations meet high standards in early learning, child development and childcare. The Goddard School serves more than 75,000 students from six weeks to six years old in nearly 600 Goddard Schools in 37 states and Washington, D.C. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit GoddardSchool.com.

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Michelle Engro, mengro@goddardsystems.com, 267.642.0233