Meet Our President
Mr. William A. Young
William Allen Young is a phenomenal man whose lifetime of achievements and service to humanity have made him a respected community leader and exemplary role model for young people striving to reach their highest potential in life.
Mr. Young is a celebrated American actor who is recognized by millions of worldwide fans for his starring roles in over 100 television, theater, and film projects, including two Academy Award-nominated films: A Soldier's Story and District 9. He is widely respected throughout the Entertainment Industry for his commitment to diversity and education equity in America.
As former co-chair of the African American Steering Committee of the Directors Guild of America, Mr. Young helped to broker the landmark 2000 Network Agreement to diversify the ranks of actors, writers, directors and producers in Hollywood. But far from the bright lights of Hollywood, Mr. Young has had also a powerful impact on the lives of America's younger generation.
Mr. Young is also a respected leader in the American nonprofit sector. Through his nonprofit Young Center for Academic & Cultural Enrichment, Mr. Young has transformed lives and created opportunities for hundreds of underserved youth to obtain a college education. Students from more than 250 schools have participated in the organization's award-winning educational programs and its proud alumni haver been accepted at over 80 U.S. colleges and universities to date.
The organization's powerful impact on the lives of countless youths, families and communities will have a lasting impact on our society and the world for years to come.
He is a distinguished USC scholar and prolific national orator who was twice ranked as the ‘#1 Collegiate Speaker in the Nation’ when he led the USC Trojan Debate Squad to a National Championship. He holds a Masters degree in Sociolinguistics, a Bachelors degree in Rhetoric & Theatre Arts, and an Associates degree in Communications.
He has lectured at colleges and universities nationwide and is in constant demand as a motivational speaker for top U.S. colleges, businesses, and organizations.
Mr. Young is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Freedom Unsung Award, President's Icon Award, Thomas Kilgore, Jr. Humanitarian Service Award, NAACP Social Achievement Award, and Hero in Education Award. He is a Hall of Fame member of the National Forensic Association. He is married to educator-counselor, Helen P. Young, and currently resides in the Los Angeles area.