With the Be Great Youth of the Year Gala being a trademark event for the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, we thrive on preparing our members for greatness even before they can participate in this monumental event. On March 20, 2018 the Dagsboro Boys & Girls Club hosted their Junior Youth of the Year.
For months, our candidates were diligent in completing their portfolios; from using their communication skills to reach out to staff for recommendation letters, organizing and preparing their papers and speeches, and collecting awards and certificates that they have earned over the years displaying their accomplishments. They were persistently competing to display to the judges what kind of role model they are. The night of the event we had a full house with board members, parents, other Club members, and some corporate members filling the audience seating.
We are immensely proud of our candidates for their leadership and confidence as they delivered their speeches on stage. They truly worked hard and took their nomination seriously. Our dance team began the evening with an inspirational dance sending the message that our members are world changers. Our Membership Coordinator composed a poem conveying that we as staff, parents, and mentors should be proud of our young leaders and the examples that they set within the Club and our community.
It was a tough final decision as our board members, who served as the judging panel, counted every point to determine the winners. Congratulations to Zymere H., who also competed last year, and Ann’Merie D. who were named Junior Youth of the Year for 2018! This all would have been impossible without the help and support of our board, staff members, and parents. It was truly a night to remember and our candidates embraced their inner super powers!
Through the Jr. Youth of the Year program, members learn to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, and respect the cultural identities of themselves and others – all the while allowing members to practice and improve their public speaking skills.