Passionate About Inspiring Others
It is talented, promising, and inspirational young people like Denzell Otis Perry, who remind us every day why supporting the amazing work of our community and it’s young people are so tremendously important.
With a passion of service at local Boys & Girls Clubs - Denzell is a perfect example of how a young person’s drive, determination, and strength of character can overcome some of life’s most challenging obstacles.
Denzell will tell you himself that he did not have an easy upbringing. He grew up in a rough Los Angeles and Compton neighborhood, wrought with gang violence. Even with two full-time jobs, his mother struggled to ensure he had a roof over his head. His mother and grandmother are the foundation of Denzell’s drive. Considering, his mother dropped out of school at the age of 16 to take care of her family – she knew that education was still important. His mother returned to school at the age of 28 to earn her high school diploma. Following earning her diploma she went to college and now works as a nurse in Los Angeles. Denzell often states that his mother proved to him that with hard work, dedication, and faith in God – you can accomplish anything.
For the first five years of his life, Denzell had not yet begun to speak, and doctors were certain he suffered a disability. Yet, at the age of 6, Denzell finally found his voice, both figuratively and literally, when he joined the Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles, where he began to thrive.
In the following years, Denzell became continuously more involved with his Club, finding ways to give back and support his fellow peers. He served as Keystone Leadership Club president, and as a member of the Junior Staff program. He was elected class president at his high school, belonged to the Black Student Union, Student Vice-President of the Parent-Teacher-Student Association Board, a member of the school site council and served as a Board Member of the Compton Board of Education. “My Boys & Girls Club and Teachers not only kept me off the streets and out of gangs, and away from drugs,” Denzell wrote in his speech for the 2012 National Youth of the Year Dinner in Washington, D.C., “but also helped me go from special education classes to graduating with honors.”
Since then, Denzell has thrive in Boys & Girls Clubs nation wide. Previous Denzell has worked as the Director of Programs & Operations, Director of Teen Services, and Director of Community and Collaborative Partnerships. Denzell gained his first senior management job at the age of 18.
Denzell has received honors, recognitions and meetings from the follow: Compton Unified School District, Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees, Former Assemblymen Isadore Hall III, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Senator Roderick D. Wright, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Former Congresswomen Laura Richardson, Denzel Washington, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and Los Angeles City Council, and even recognition from the President of the United States – President Barack Obama. In 2013, Denzell was invited to the White House to meet President Obama in the Oval Office; in addition, he received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President Obama – due to Denzell’s continuous volunteer efforts in his community and our nation. Now this 22 year old young man is undoubtedly preparing for his next great achievements. In the meantime, we can look back and appreciate not only the impressive impact he has had on his peers, his school, and his community, but the legacy he has left for future youth that grows up in Compton.
Denzell has inspired countless amounts of youth to not focus on their current situation but to focus on where they can go. Due to Denzell mentoring younger people, many of these youth have overcome many obstacles, and challenges and are achieving greatness, if asked, these youth would say that they would not have accomplish anything if it was not for Denzell making an impact in their life.
Now - Denzell is working to motivate and inspire young people to achieve success.
Denzell mission is to successfully complete the following: