Denzel Washington “Great Futures Start Here”
Clubs across the world know that great futures start within their walls. Boys & Girls Clubs have been molding and influencing youth since 1860. Read about some of these well-known alumni who were influenced by their hometown Boys & Girls Club.
Growing up in Mount Vernon, N.Y., Denzel Washington had parents who were both busy with full-time jobs. After school and most weekends, he needed a place to go. Fortunately, there was a Boys & Girls Club near by. In fact, Denzel recalls, he couldn’t wait to be old enough to join.
At the Club, Denzel found support, friendship and encouragement. Field trips opened his eyes to a wider world. The Club also motivated him to strive for a college education.
The two-time Academy Award winner credits the Club – and the staff there – for inspiring him to believe that he could achieve anything he set his mind to. “The Club is where I looked for hope, purpose and direction,” Washington says. “That’s where I learned to dream – and to think big.”
Club: Mt. Vernon, N.Y. Occupation: Actor Member Since: 1962