District native Terrance Payton will receive the Marvin Young Volunteer Award at the Us Helping Us Fall fundraiser, “A Passion for Living,” in recognition of his volunteer activities, including: program facilitation, volunteer coordination, HIV counseling and testing, and street outreach.

Terrance is a performing artist who began his formal training with the Children’s Animation Theater and the DC Youth Ensemble. He was twice the recipient of the NAACP ACT-SO gold medal for dance and was awarded the Presidential Arts Scholarship for the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa., where he matriculated.  He currently works as the elementary program director at New Community for Children, a non-profit after-school and family advocacy organization.

As an advocate for HIV/AIDS education and prevention, he works with Friends 4 A Cause and the Ernest M. Bradley Center, both which focus on HIV prevention. HE also serves as a mentor to many Washingtonian youth from middle school to post-collegiate age.  He was a cast member of Positive Change, a touring company sponsored by Bowie State University.

Learn more about Us Helping Us at uhupil.org.