2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Youth of the Year Competition
Prince William County, VA – March 10, 2014 – On behalf of the Prince William County Region of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW), BGCGW is pleased to announce its 2014 BGCGW Youth of the Year (YOY) is Zaki Scott, 17, a member of the Manassas Branch. Teja Washington, 18, of the Hylton Branch in Dale City, VA has also been named one of the Youth of the Year Ambassadors. Renee Richardson was also a YOY Candidate. She is a member of the General Heiser Branch in Dumfries, VA.
The Youth of the Year program is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premiere leadership program for youth 14-18. It not only addresses youth leadership style and skills; it also provides an opportunity to showcase their academic accomplishments as well as their service to the Club and community. Candidates must be a member of their respective Club for at least two years and convey the impact the Club has had on their lives. Guided by their Club liaison, each 2014 YOY candidate participated in a competitive selection process that culminated at the Youth of the Year Luncheon, hosted by BGCGW Metropolitan Board Chair, Debbi Jarvis, at the Pepco Edison Gallery in Washington, D.C on Saturday, February 22. GEICO, a long- time supporter of BGCGW, is generously donating $3,000 to the Youth of the Year and $1,000 to each of the Ambassadors to enhance their academic careers.
Following the announcement of his win, Zaki was overjoyed. “The Boys & Girls Club has really helped to change my life. I am so honored and grateful to have the opportunity to represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington as the 2014 Youth of the Year. I am excited to spread the word about what the Boys & Girls Club has done for me and others like me in my community,” Scott said. His win, however, was not surprising to those who helped him along in the process. “The Youth of the Year process at the Manassas Club is really a team effort. We all took time to interview Zaki, write narratives and put together an entry which told the story of his life revealing how far he has come,” shared Marguerite Moore, Manassas Branch Teen Director. Shavonyuette Dotson, Manassas Branch Director went on to share, “Zaki was determined to be the Youth of the Year from the moment he became aware of the program. He showed up every day telling us how hard he was willing to work. You could tell that he felt like it was all within his reach, and at the end of the day that is what it is all about for us. We want all of our youth to know that the possibilities are endless for them.”
Jim Almond, BGCGW Regional Vice President for Virginia, shared, “I am very pleased with the Prince William County region’s strength in this year’s Youth of the Year competition. Having both the organization’s Youth of the Year and a Youth Ambassador named in the same region is unprecedented and shows a strong commitment to the development of youth we serve in PWC.”
Zaki will go on to compete in the State YOY Competition on April 10, 2014 in Lynchburg, VA. He will also address donors and friends at the BGCGW Annual Meeting later this month. In May, he will speak at BGCGW’s Tim Russert Congressional Dinner and at the Prince William County Steak ‘n’ Stake Dinner.