Exceptional Teen Named Illinois Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Jamel Adams set to receive college scholarship and vie for regional title this summer
Posted: April 26, 2017
Waukegan, IL, April 26, 2017 – Jamel Adams has been named the Illinois Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 70th year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. As the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County Illinois Youth of the Year, Jamel will serve as an ambassador for all teens in the state.
Upon winning, Jamel stated, “Being a part of Boys & Girls Club of Lake County has been a rewarding and life changing experience. They helped me meet new people and get involved in the community. From helping me with homework and projects, to being there for me when I was going through tough times, the Club stayed with me every step of the way. It has served as a second family, taught me valuable lessons about leadership and manhood, and allowed me to become a Junior Program Assistant at the Club”.
More than 25 Illinois Clubs participated in the competition and Jamel will represent over 63,000 Club members across Illinois as he moves on to the regional competition. The Boys & Girls Club of Lake County is able to implement the Youth of the Year program thanks in large part to a donation from Baxter International Inc.
Jamel came to the Club after moving to the area from Minnesota. He did not know the community and the people in it. Through the Club, Jamel met new friends and became a part of the community. Because of the Club he developed leadership skills, volunteered locally and today is making a difference in the lives of other young people.
Jamel graduates this year from New Tech at Zion Benton East. Next year, he will attend college at Western Illinois University. There, Jamel will be working toward a degree in Criminal Justice. Everyone at the Club is proud of his efforts, his growth and his determination to succeed.
Jamel adds, “Now that I am the Illinois State Youth of the Year, I will continue to be a leader and embrace opportunities to help make change happen for our youth as it did for me.”
“Jamel is living proof that the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County is inspiring and enables young people to achieve great futures,” said Cesilie Price, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Lake County. “Being named Youth of the Year is a lifelong honor. As the Illinois Youth of the Year, Jamel will serve as a spokesperson for our young people, sharing his inspiring story and leading the way to transform communities for the better.”
This summer, Jamel will join other state winners to vie for the Midwest regional title. If named the regional winner, he will be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military youth winner, will advance to Washington, D.C. in September 2017, to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable for four years up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported the youth advocacy organization for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is dedicated to inspiring the next generations of engineers, thinkers and leaders who will help drive the American economy. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a committed partner who has worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on many Academic Success initiatives, and the Taco Bell Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier partner for teen empowerment.
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NOVEMBER 2015 – A dream has come true for both our Teen Center and Genesee Club Room — a brand-new look thanks to Eagle Scouts, Will and Austin. While Will and his crew worked on renovating the Teen Center knocking out walls and creating a whole new Club space, Austin focused on the Genesee Club Room, giving it a facelift with a fresh coat of paint and other repairs and improvements.
The Scouts solicited donations to help cover the cost of supplies and materials which was a great help to the Club. Furniture was donated through the first Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest annual rummage sale. Thank you for a wonderful Club makeover!
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CLUB YOUTH INTERVIEWED ON FOX NEWS
On October 21, 2013 Fox News covered the non-profit organization Experience the Game, which provides low-income youth with the opportunity to attend professional sports games. On Friday, October 18th, three deserving Club teens were chosen to experience a Chicago Bulls Game. Upon arriving to the game teens were interview as part of the Fox News segment. The Club is grateful to Experience The Game for the wonderful opportunity they provided our youth. Read more about Club youth’s experience.
CLUB CEO CESILIE PRICE FEATURED ON COMCAST NEWSMAKERS
Recently, Boys & Girls Club of Lake County CEO, Cesilie Price was invited to appear on Comcast Newsmakers. The 5-minute, one-on-one interview segment airs on CNN Headline News as part of its fast-moving 30-minute rotation. Giving the Club a chance to shine is just part of the generous investment Comcast has made in the Club. Click Here to learn more about how the Comcast Foundation is supporting the Club.
GABRIEL VITI HOSTS YOUTH OF THE MONTH AT MIRAMAR RESTAURANT
Each month, Gabriel Viti treats the Club’s Youth of the Month from each site, along with their family and a Club staff member, to dinner at his restaurant in Highwood, Miramar. The Youth of the Month is a year round opportunity where unit managers and staff nominate and select a candidate between 6-18 years old who tangibly demonstrate good character through his/her caring, honesty, fairness, sense of responsibility, and respect for themselves and others. Gabriel’s passion for helping others has been a tremendous opportunity for the Club.
ROLLER-SKATING FIELD TRIP MONUMENTAL SUCCESS
Commemorating Boys & Girls Club week, the Club took 125 of its members on a roller-skating field trip as part of Triple Play programming. The kids were extremely excited to have a fun, safe place all to themselves for a few hours on a Friday night. Even though there was all you can eat pizza and soda, the kids would not stop skating long enough to really taste how good the pizza was. The following day many of the kids came back with “wow” and “awesome” sentiments about the event. The roller-skating field trip was a huge success for Triple Play and a great way to celebrate Boys & Girls Club week.