Actress Joy Bryant a snowboarder, too?

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Joy Bryant is an actress, model and … snowboarder?

Bryant took time out of her schedule last month to mentor New York inner-city children through the Stoked Mentoring program, a nonprofit action sports organization for at-risk youth.

"I grew up like many of the kids in Stoked, and if it weren't for organizations like that, I sure as hell wouldn't be living the dream," said Bryant, who appears on the NBC show "Parenthood." "For me, it was an organization called A Better Chance. Since I benefited so much from people giving to me, it's only right that I do the same."

Bryant grew up in the Bronx, N.Y., and is a graduate of Westminster School, a boarding school in Connecticut. She had a full academic scholarship to attend Yale but quit to pursue modeling. She began her career in Paris and had contracts with Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria's Secret.

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