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Exceptional Teen Named Illinois Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Posted: April 26, 2017 – Jamel Adams set to receive college scholarship and vie for regional title this summer

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.


“Makes the Good Times Roll”

Taco Bell RLC Enterprises – At Waukegan Boys & Girls Club
Posted: April 30, 2014 – Press Release – Northbrook, IL.

RLC Enterprises, a prominent Franchisee of Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and Long John Silver’s restaurants, will see to it that the “good times roll” at the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County summer program in Waukegan.

On May 5th and 6th, RLC Enterprises will hold its annual Restaurant General Manager’s Conference at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, IL. Managers from all of RLC’s 48 restaurants in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan will be coming in to participate in the Conference and in a special “team-building” event. In the event, manager teams will be working together to assemble 20” bicycles. The manager teams will be professionally led and provided building instructions for the bikes.

“Our goal with this event is to reinforce in our managers the idea of teamwork and what teamwork can accomplish” says Iris Cohn, President of RLC Enterprises. “Whether it’s assembling bicycles, or serving customers in our restaurants, teamwork is what it takes to get the job done right. That’s what we strive for everyday” she added.

Terry Haseman, RLC Executive VP further noted: “Building bicycles involves a lot of steps and the same is true in running our restaurants. When teams work together, we see the best results both in our restaurants and for the customers we serve.”

Unknown to the restaurant manager teams, the just-constructed bicycles will be given to the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County. Youth from the Waukegan Club will be brought to the Conference at 3pm on Monday May 5 in a surprise visit where manager teams will present the bikes to them.

“We wish to thank RLC Enterprise for its generosity in donating the bicycles to us and considering us in their event” said Donna Funk, Resource Development Director of the Boys & Girls Club. “Summer is coming. The bicycles mean that the “good times are going to roll” for a lot of our kids.”

Viper Alley is located at 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, IL.
RLC Contact: Debera Johns, Director of Operations, RLC Enterprises. deberajohns@sbcglobal.net (847-910-5124)

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