Young is a native of St. Louis, Mo; she grew up in the Jennings community where she began her volleyball career at Jennings Senior High School. Along with competing on her high school team, Young played for Team Momentum in 1997 her junior year in high school and Kirkwood Volleyball Club in 1998. During her senior year, she was elected as one of the St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar Athletes. In 1999, Young joined the women’s volleyball team at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Mo. After playing two years for the Lady Lions, she returned to her alma mater as the assistant varsity volleyball coach. In 2006, she was appointed to the head varsity volleyball coach until 2013. The last two years, Young has spent her time as a Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) volleyball official.