Audrey Club kid for Life

From the time she was 12 years old until she graduated Benton Harbor High School as the salutatorian in 2005, Audrey Asiedu transformed with the support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor. “The Club was and is my second family. It was definitely my village and everyone played their part,” she said.

Like many young girls, Audrey wanted to be a cheerleader. After facing rejection from the squad at her school, she turned her sights to the team at the Club. “The Club is very inclusive and I wasn't turned down the way I was for school tryouts. I enjoyed cheering and traveling with the basketball team.” It was that experience of participating and feeling success that led Audrey to her real passion – the performing arts.

“I fell in love with drama in junior high school and spent my entire high school career performing and mentoring students at the Club and Benton Harbor 
area schools,” said Audrey. She became very active in the DaVinci Players and was a Colfax Player in high school. Working with Former Club drama and dance instructor Deloris Gowens helped Audrey further cultivate her passion for the arts, as well as giving her the opportunity to share her talents with other area youth. “Volunteering and being a member at the Club fueled the passion in me to inspire, educate and motivate people through film and the performing arts.”

The Club gave Audrey many “first” experiences. She traveled to Minnesota to perform Hosannah, one of the group’s most popular plays. “It felt amazing to be making an impact on people all over the country,” she said. Audrey also went to her first NBA game, ice skated for the first time, visited her first theme park, and spent a day at a local dairy farm. 

“Despite the obstacles and barriers I faced growing up in Benton Harbor, the Club taught me that I could overcome them all through faith, discipline and perseverance.” Each staff member made a positive impact on her life, as well as the lives of her fellow Club members recalls Audrey. 

After high school, Audrey went on to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a 4.0 GPA. Audrey continued her education with a Master’s degree of Fine Arts in Motion Pictures and Television from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 
2012 where she graduated Cum Laude. Today, Audrey is a Virtual Associate for Amazon, a career that gives her the flexibility to take care of her growing family. She will soon celebrate her sixth wedding anniversary and her son Kobe (3) will soon be joined by a little sister to be named Zamira, expected on January 21st. 

“I feel very blessed to have been a part of a family that encouraged me daily, guided me as I made decisions, and invested in my future. I hope that this next generation of Club members will remember the importance of volunteering and giving back,” said Audrey. 

“The club changes lives for the better and produces alumni that strive to make their schools, workplaces and communities a better place,” said Audrey. That is why she, and so many others, are Club kids for life.

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