Teens Recognized for Outstanding Leadership in School, Club, and Community
Atlanta, GA – September 28, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) is proud to announce its 2018-2019 Youth of the Year winners from local Clubs in and around the city. The prestigious Youth of the Year award is BGCMA’s highest honor, recognizing teens from Clubs in the metro Atlanta area who are working hard, investing in themselves, and demonstrating leadership in their schools, Clubs, and communities.
This year, winners from more than 20 Boys & Girls Club locations will be honored at the annual Youth of the Year Fundraising Gala on Friday, November 2, 7pm – 9pm, at The Fairmont, 1429 Fairmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30318. The honorees will compete for the title of Metro Atlanta Youth of the Year.
“We’re so excited about these teens’ accomplishments,” said Missy Dugan, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “Despite the steep hurdles many of them are facing, they continue to develop into strong 21st century leaders who are making positive choices that are impacting not only their own lives, but the lives of their peers, and the community around them. With help from the metro Atlanta community, we can keep them on track.”
This year’s theme, Be The Spark, encourages the community to ignite the future of metro Atlanta teens by supporting Club programs that can help them succeed in the workplace and beyond. According to Youth.gov, high-quality service-learning programs have several benefits, including promoting teens’ civic awareness and commitment to continue contributing to their community and society as a whole.
About 600 attendees – including local politicians, business leaders, and advocates – are expected to attend this year’s Youth of the Year celebration. The event focuses on how the following teens are serving as young leaders and gives attendees a glimpse into where they started, how their Clubs helped shape who they are today, and their plans for the future. At the end of the night, the most prestigious honor – Youth of the Year – will be presented to one deserving teen.
Congratulations to the following local winners:
- Jean Mary Assindjo, A. Worley Brown Boys & Girls Club
- Cameron Crawford, East DeKalb Boys & Girls Club
- Martinis Character, John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club
- Stephanie Cleveland, Carroll County Boys & Girls Club
- Carlos Copeland, Warren Boys & Girls Club
- Kani Davis, Paulding County Boys & Girls Club
- Hadiyah Green, Samuel L. Jones Boys & Girls Club
- Dallace Hall, Douglas County Boys & Girls Club
- Kenneth Howard, Chamblee Boys & Girls Club
- Karissa Jackson, Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club
- Zaria Joseph, Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club
- Mahogany Landers, James T. Anderson Boys & Girls Club
- Jaymion Moore, A.R. Gus Barksdale Boys & Girls Club
- Adrian Perry, A.W. Tony Matthews Boys & Girls Club
- Stephen Heagbetus, Thomasville Boys & Girls Club
- Nia Richardson, Malon D, Mimms Boys & Girls Club
- Isaac Simpson, At-Promise Youth Center Boys & Girls Club
- Armonie Smith, Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club
- Jelani Spain, Camp Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club
- Justin Wallace, Newnan/ Coweta Boys & Girls Club
- Alonah Watson, Michael Grant Boys & Girls Club
BGCMA serves more than 3,300 kids and teens each year. Youth of the Year is a year-round character and leadership program that recognizes Club members who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills, and service to their community. BGCMA also focuses on helping youth succeed in school and live healthy. By 2020, the organization is working to ensure that 90 percent of the youth it serves are graduating on time, living healthy, and giving back.
BGCMA thanks all of its corporate and individual sponsors for opening doors for our youth. To find out more about this year’s Youth of the Year event and how to purchase a table, visit https://www.bgcma.org/youthoftheyear2018. Follow the candidates’ journey on www.facebook.com/bgcma and www.twitter.com/BGCMA_Clubs using the hashtags #YouthOfTheYear and #BeTheSpark. For more information on how you can become involved in shaping great futures, visit https://www.bgcma.org/get_involved.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s mission is to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing a safe, positive and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures. Through 20+ Clubs in 10 metro counties, trained and professional staff serve more than 3,300 youth (ages 6-18) daily through programs that foster academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development. BGCMA also oversees Camp Kiwanis, a 160-acre outdoor residence camp. While the cost to effectively serve those who need us most is approximately $5,700 per member, families are asked to pay between $60 and $135 per child each year based on income; and no child is turned away due to inability to pay. For more information, please visit www.bgcma.org.
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