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Youth of the Year
Maryland Youth of the Year
“The Boys & Girls Club has helped make me the person I am today. When I think about the Club, what comes to my mind is being a mentor. I really enjoy helping the younger kids as a Leader in Training and Junior Staff member. I remember how much I looked up to my mentors and I never imagined that I would one day become a mentor myself. The mentors at the Club have helped me to overcome obstacles, set goals, build confidence and given me leadership opportunities that helped me to mature. The words -Respect, Positivity, Integrity, Success are written on the walls throughout the Club and I am so grateful to the staff for teaching and instilling these words in me.
This year I have also had the honor to be named as Maryland Youth of the Year. I love being an ambassador not only for my club but for all of the Boys & Girls Clubs in the state of Maryland. Communicating the benefits of the Club is easy for me because I am the perfect example about how the Boys & Girls Club helps people. I really believe in what happens here.”
Junior Youth of the Year
“The Boys & Girls Club is amazing at helping kids and teens cope and express how they are feeling. A lot of kids my age are going through mentally difficult times especially with the pandemic. The staff and programs at the Club have really helped me understand how I feel and teach me how I can express those feelings. I am so grateful that I am a member of the Boys & Girls Club program!”
Elementary Youth of the Year
Celina’s bright smile greets us every day when she arrives at the Club. She is always anxious to help someone who needs a little extra support and loves to volunteer to do special projects for the staff. She says wants to be a pediatrician when she grows up so she can help lots of kids. Celina loves coming to the Club because she has met so many new friends there and she gets a participate in a lot of fun activities. Her favorites are Art Club and Run Club!
Amy is a great example for the younger kids at the Club and even at her age, her leadership potential shines through! When we asked Amy why she likes coming to the Club, she smiled and said:
- Because they are kind
- Because they make me feel good
- Because they let me have fun
- Because they play with me
- Because they give me candy
The Capree Brown Heart of a Champion Award
Our first Club graduate is the namesake of this special award.
Capree was born premature, with severe medical issues that have required years of surgeries, leaving him legally blind. Capree is a gentle soul with an amazingly positive attitude. Capree inspires everyone he meets and leaves them with a smile. After graduation, Capree went on to work at Carroll Hospital where he continues to inspire those around him. When asked about his time at the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster Capree said, “this is my home and these are my people. I feel safe here.”
Heart of a Champion 2019-2020
“I am not sure where I would be today without the Boys & Girls Club. It is truly my home away from home. Coming to the Club means a lot to me because it is my safe place; a place where I can be myself. I have learned a lot about responsibility and trust through my time at the Club. I have had wonderful mentors who support me and learning from them, I have tried to mentor some middle school girls at the Club. Mentoring these girls helped me realize that we are all alike in some way – I always try to validate their feelings and treat them the way I would want to be treated. Seeing them when I come to the Club brightens my day! I feel good when I come to the Boys & Girls Club because they have given me a chance to be an actual leader and make a real impact with my message!”
“To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”
We accomplish this mission by providing a safe place to learn and grow, develop ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, participate in life-enhancing programs, build character development experiences, hope, and opportunity. In all of our programs we utilize a time-tested youth development strategy.
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