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Kenny Boyd, Youth Alive!

Youth Alive! suspended operations in June 2009.

Kenny Boyd is executive director and founder of Youth Alive! - a non-profit organization designed to help at-risk and young inner-city Louisvillians succeed in life.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Boyd’s early years were tumultuous ones. He was a drug dealer at age 12; in his teen years he was expelled from school, jailed, shot, hit by a car, and became a drug addict.

Kenny Boyd and Candyce Clifft He fled to Louisville in June 1989 and spent five years living on the streets before entering drug rehab at The Healing Place.

That’s when Boyd’s life began to turn around.

Since then, Boyd had been using his life story to transform the lives of others. He founded Youth Alive! on December 15, 1998, with funds from an anonymous donor.

Youth Alive! is a mentoring program that works with kids from ages 10 to 17 years-old. The program is built around seven principles: integrity, discipline, self-respect, leadership, empathy, academic performance and community involvement. More than 2.500 children have participated as of 2008.

Kenny Boyd and his wife LaTonya make their home in the Newburg neighborhood. Kenny is father to daughters Demetrius, LaKenya, stepson Deion and stepdaughter Nikii.

Youth Alive! is located at 1811 Dumesnil Street in Louisville (formerly the site of Simmons College of Kentucky).

Program 311
Louisville Life features a profile of WHAS personality Terry Meiners, the Louisville Skating Academy, actress Irene Dunne, the founder of Youth Alive! and Better Days Records. (#311)