William Allen Young
Educator | Actor | Philanthropist
William Allen 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.
As a celebrated actor-director, national orator, and a leader in the American nonprofit sector.
Mr. Young is a celebrated American actor-director 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 one of the most successful working actors in Hollywood. He is also widely respected in the Entertainment Industry for his passionate work to cultivate America's next generation of leaders through his award-winning LA-based nonprofit Young Center for Academic & Cultural Enrichment.
He is a was director of the National Speech Institutes at Stanford and Baylor University
But far from the bright lights of Hollywood, Mr. Young has had also a powerful impact on the lives of America's younger generation.
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.
Hope is born in the hearts and minds of our youth the moment they discover that their lives have meaning and purpose. Helping them realize this is our primary mission.
William Allen Young and Congresswoman Karen Bass strategize at Young Center Education Summit
Mr. Young is a Washington, DC native who grew up in South Central, Los Angeles, during at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. As a child, he was inspired by his mother, who worked as a maid to support her seven children. She eventually went back to school to obtain her nursing license then went on to forge a successful career in the medical profession at Kaiser Hospital.
Young is a distinguished USC graduate and was the '#1 College Speaker in the Nation' when he led the USC Trojan Debate Squad to a National Championship. He holds a Masters degree in Sociolinguistics, Bachelors degree in Rhetoric & Theatre Arts, and Associates from El camino College. He is former Coordinator of the National Speech Institutes at Stanford and Baylor University. He has lectured at colleges and universities nationwide and is a motivational speaker for top U.S. businesses, colleges and national organizations.
Mr. Young is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Freedom Unsung Award, Thomas Kilgore, Jr. Humanitarian Award, NAACP Social Achievement Award, President's Icon Award, Hero in Education Award, and was deemed a Good Will Ambassador by former President Bill Clinton. Mr. Young is married to educator-counselor, Helen P. Young. The couple have two sons and currently reside in the Los Angeles area.