The mission of Young Americans Overseas (YAO) is to assist young Americans -especially Post 9/11 veterans and their families- with reaching their full potential and traveling abroad.
- Assist Post 9/11 veterans with housing.
- Provide travel scholarships to YAO housing complex student residents.
- Connect Post 9/11 veterans to resources.
- Sponsor youth community engagement programs.
- Hold special events that inspire, educate and entertain.
In 2016 the first Post 9/11 veteran moved into the YAO housing complex.
Five travel scholarships are available in 2017 to Lamar and LIT students living at the YAO housing complex.
YAO has an established network to assist Post 9/11 veterans with creating a more marketable resume.
YAO is building Texas's first Women Veteran and Women First Responder Park.
Groundbreaking ceremony makes front page news
Women leaders attended
Leading men showed support as well.
“Want to make history? Help us build Texas's first park dedicated to women in uniform.”
Dr. Margot gage | Founder & director
with Mayor Becky Ames & Beaumont's first female mayor Evelyn Lord
Dr. Margot Gage is the founder & executive director of Young Americans Overseas. She is a social epidemiologist who works at Lamar University. She was a visiting scholar to Harvard and UCLA. Her late father, aunt and uncle were in the US Air Force. Two of her uncle's served in the Vietnam War. She has several cousins in the military. Margot was born in Austin and spent many years in Colorado.
Margot met her husband Victor (co-founder & Dutch Air Force veteran) while studying in the Netherlands. They moved back to Texas to be closer to Margot's mother. Margot and Victor are avid globe trotters. Their eldest daughter Victoria traveled to seven countries before her second birthday. Their youngest daughter Angelina traveled to four countries before her first birthday. Margot and Victor wanted to assist young Americans with improving their lives so that they can create an overseas travel history. This is the motivation behind the launch of the 501 (c)(3) non profit Young Americans Overseas. Since 2014 Margot and Victor have been encouraging young Americans to travel abroad, go to college and obtain a good career.