I Will Always Be A Boys And Girls Club Member At Heart

Angels among us breakfast is a choice event that allows the boys and girls club (BGCAA) to shine a light on a handful of more than 7,500 Austin area members who make the local boys and girls club so special.

In celebration of BGCAA youth and to honor those whose actions consistently exemplify the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs, the organization hosted its annual Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

“Our Angels Among Us Breakfast provides a wonderful opportunity for us to shine a light on the kids who make our Clubs so special,” said Misti Potter, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. “We consider it a privilege to honor their accomplishments and share their stories of personal challenges, growth and leadership, which inspire us every day.”

Each year, two exceptional Club members are selected to represent BGCAA, one as Youth of the Year (high school) and one as Junior Youth of the Year (middle school). Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and a strong voice for all of Austin’s young people. Youth of the Year winners will go on to compete for an opportunity to serve as a BGCAA regional ambassador in the annual search for Boys & Girls Clubs of America spokespeople to be recognized on a national stage.

Both the Youth of the Year award winners graced the stage and delivered powerful speeches about what their time at the club has taught them as well as their goals for the future.

Junior Youth of the Year, Marcelus M. of Boys & Girls Club at Burnet Middle School eighth grader, eloquently painted a picture of how BGCAA has shaped his story.

“Boys and Girls Club has changed my life,” Marcelus said. “It changed my life by teaching me to be a honest and respectful. It taught me how to be a better man. I will always be a boys and girls club member at heart.

The Youth of the Year winner, Abraham C. of Boys & Girls Club at MLK, began his speech with an exercise.

“Close your eyes with me and imagine a world blurry, where the sun does not give light, but struggle. Where reading and writing are downfalls, that’s my life every day,” Abraham said.

Abraham, a high school senior goes on to explain how his vision has never and will never hold him back. He will attend Texas Tech in the fall and plans to graduate with a degree in Orientation Mobility.

“As 2019 Youth of the Year I hope to inspire others to chase their dreams, no matter their setbacks,” Abraham said. “Open your eyes, not your physical eyes, your mind and your heart. Follow me to a world where the impossible is possible.”

The annual breakfast is also a part of BGAA’s larger fundraising campaign The Path to Great Futures, which supports not only their life-changing programs but also their soon-to-open Home Club.

 

 

More about Path to Great Futures:

For the holidays, Austinites are invited to join BGCAA in paving the Path to Great Futures by giving the gift of a brick, paver or tree to the soon-to-open Home Club and Sheth Family Campus, stretching 10 acres with a 32,000-square-foot facility, sport fields and BGCAA administrative offices—and the ability to serve more than 1,000 kids who need us most each year.

More about Boys and Girls Club:

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) is Austin’s leading out-of-school time youth development agency, currently serving 7,500 registered Club members ages 6 to 18 at 34 locations in Travis and Bastrop Counties. BGCAA’s formula for impact centers on quality programming and services in academic success, character and leadership, and healthy living.

Club youth participate in high-impact development programs that, when compared to non-Club youth, result in better school attendance, better grades, higher graduation rates and a better likelihood of attending college. Through support from local individuals, businesses and BGCAA Staff, Club youth are given the tools and opportunities to create great futures. More at www.bgcaustin.org.

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