William Allen Young

William Allen Young

Actor and Humanitarian


The Young Center

Los Angeles, CA USA


You grew up with little control. You didn't select your parents, your house, your school, or even what you were going to wear. But you now have the power to construct your world--and it doesn't have to look like your father's world. Realize you can create whatever world you want.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Raised in public housing by a mother who worked to the bone as a maid to raise 7 children.
Learned the importance of education from his mother; she dropped out of school young and was adamant that her children have a better life.
Got As in school even though the civil rights movement was erupting into violent race riots around him.
Never used his circumstances as an excuse to not accomplish things; graduated from USC and went on to get a master's in sociolinguistics.
Now an award-winning actor who has had roles in District 9, CSI, Moesha, and many more.
Says his strength is that he comes from very little. He doesn't edit his story; he's empowered by it.
Believes everyone has the power to shape their own destiny, even if they come from hardship; use challenge to propel you.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
University of Southern California
Graduate
Linguistics
University of Southern California

Career

Actor and Humanitarian

I'm an actor-director and motivational speaker, working to give youth the tools they need to achieve success.

Career Roadmap

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My work combines:
My work combines:
Acting & Theatre
Entrepreneurship
Accomplishing Goals

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence