BGCB's Inspirational 2016 Youth of the Year
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue is proud to announce our 2016 Youth of the Year, David B.!
David participated in the Youth of the Year program along with other incredible candidates from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue’s Teen Center. Each candidate wrote and delivered a powerful speech about their experience at Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue, and why they felt they were the best candidate for Youth of the Year. They also had an opportunity to meet individually with our panel of judges from community partners Toyota Financial Services and Best Buy. Candidates were judged on their leadership skills, service to the community, moral character and public speaking.
“Youth of the Year is great opportunity for us to celebrate our extraordinary teens, whose hard work and dedication has earned them the recognition they so deserve. This year’s candidate pool was very impressive,” said Kathy Haggart, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue. “We are so proud of David’s many accomplishments and look forward to seeing all that his bright future holds.”
David has been coming to BGCB for seven years, since he moved to Bellevue. At first, he just saw the Club as somewhere he could go to get his homework done and hang out with friends. He was facing some challenges at home and wanted to find a place to go after school. His involvement with Club activities quickly grew – and he’s now an active member in BE GREAT: Graduate, diplomas 2 Degrees, Cooking Club and Keystone Advisory. David is also a scorekeeper and referee for our Clubs’ Athletics programs.
“David has told us that the Teen Center has truly become his home away from home. I’ve seen a lot of growth from David through his time here at The Club. I now see a very mature young man who has put the work in to succeed academically and we are all very proud of him,” said Lance Latimer, BGCB Teen Center Unit Director.
In his time as a member of Keystone Advisory, David has logged hundreds of volunteer hours, and his commitment to volunteering isn’t just limited to The Club. At his high school, he is Co-President of Black Students United for Excellence and Senior House President, where he is responsible for planning events and service projects for a large group of his school’s students. Recently, David helped plan and organize a blood-drive at his school. He is a volunteer Youth Football Coach and works with Orion Youth Center to help serve meals to homeless teens in our community.
David will be attending Washington State University in Fall 2016 with plans to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. We congratulate David on his many accomplishments and wish him the very best of luck as he goes on to participate in the Washington State Youth of the Year Program on March 30-31st!
We extend a special thank you to our incredible partners, Toyota Financial Services and Best Buy, and Board Member Frank Marcus for your involvement and support of our Youth of the Year Program.
Why the Club Works
- Safety is our #1 priority. The club provides youth with safe havens staffed by caring adult mentors, who have the best interest of children at heart.
- 80% of all learning occurs outside the classroom. Our goal is to have a positive impact on every childs academic success
- Academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership are the Club's three focus areas for all programs.
- We believe in providing all of our members with access to the latest technolgy so they will have a head start in today's world.
- Our expectation is that every young person who enters our doors will be on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future.