Youth Impact Report 2010: Honoree
Youth troop makes altruism its priority
Justin Bieber | Bow Wow | David Henrie | Shailene Woodley | Victoria Justice
WHO: Henrie stars as Justin Russo in Disney Channel’s hit series “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Other credits include Disney’s “Dadnapped,” a recurring role in “That’s So Raven,” and “How I Met Your Mother,” as well as guest starring roles on “Cold Case,” “House,” “NCIS,” “Without a Trace” and “Judging Amy.”
WHAT: LA’s BEST, a nationally recognized afterschool education, enrichment and recreation program, serves 28,000 kids at 180 elementary school sites in Los Angeles. Org provides safe and supervised afterschool programs for elementary school children.
WHY: “I had been looking for a philanthropic cause to support, and I wanted to be able to contribute a skill set other than ‘I’m on a TV show and kids know me.’ So I thought about what my favorite things to do are and what helped me in life. That’s when I thought of improv. So I teamed up with Peter Murrieta’s Bang Improv and LA’s BEST and entered one of their school enrichment programs and taught improv classes. It was great to see the kids come out of their shells and discover personalities that they didn’t even know existed.”
WHAT’S NEXT: In the upcoming months, Henrie will continue to teach improv class at LA’s BEST affiliated schools. Additionally, org is selling tickets to the November opening night performance of “Cinderella” at L.A.’s El Portal Theater. Proceeds will benefit program.