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*Denzel Washington is on a new campaign right now with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America called “Be Great, Graduate.”

Due to the high numbers of high school drop-out rates among African Americans, the Club is attempting to encourage youth to finish school through their new campaign and programs offered at several locations around the country.

“The people there are very supporting and welcoming,” says Mona Dixon, the 2010 National Youth of the Year, a prestigious scholar boasting a 3.92 GPA and a No. 3 ranking in her graduating class. “Just being around a lot of other youth who are also very motivated and determined to do something and be successful helps me a lot.”

At the Congressional breakfast launching the new program, Denzel and Mona addressed the need to support the steady, positive impact on communities that organizations like the Clubs make every day. “‘A thousand planes land a day and never make the news, but if one plane crashes, that makes the news.’ There’s so many positive stories – so many planes that have landed safely – we’re here to celebrate what can be done, what ought to be done, and what will be done.”

Denzel wants everyone to play his and her part.

“If each one of us just volunteered an hour a week, imagine the good that we could do. We can’t wait for someone else to do it, we have to step up and do it ourselves.”

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