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MEET OUR 2016 YOUTH OF THE YEAR CLUB REPRESENTATIVE

Jazmin Hunt – Murphy Felton Tindall Unit

Jazmin graduates from high school this year and excels in academics, volunteerism, and leadership. A club member for nine years, Jazmin calls the Boys & Girls Club her home, and the staff, her family. Her personal brand, though unnamed, represents the values tries to incorporate it in her everyday life, that of open-mindedness, optimism and love.  A multi-year recipient of the “Lamp of Knowledge” and the “St. Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience” and a member of the National Honors Society, Jazmin demonstrates her dedication to education leading by example. She is held in high regard by Club staff and teachers alike for putting forth tremendous effort in her work and is commended for requesting help when she finds a concept challenging. Jazmin hopes to one day own a mental health clinic that specializes in Music Therapy, which will address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.

“Struggles develop your strengths”, Jazmin believes the glass is always half full and understands that there is always room for improvement. Her enthusiasm for life compels her to try new things, educate herself about diversity and the world around her, and to always be open to doing things a different way. She leads by example and because of her enthusiastic demeanor and natural ability to draw others to her, she moves her peers to take part in constructive activities and behaviors. As a peer recruiter for the Boys &Girls Club, she has positively redirected the behaviors of other teens at the Club and helped them set goals for themselves they hadn’t considered for their post-secondary careers and education. Her dedication to volunteerism also takes her beyond the walls of the Club.  She plays the piano for the youth and young adult choir at her church, is president of the Youth group, member of the step team, junior missionary, and a liturgical dancer. She also demonstrates the importance of having a strong work ethic by also working part time in s store and at the Boys & Girls Club in the summer.

In every community, many boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and 
companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision, especially in the after school hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Young people need postive alternatives.
 
At the Boys & Girls Club, young people explore and develop their talents.  Boys and girls aged 6-18, who might otherwise be on the streets, are engaged in life-enhancing programs that are proven to help them grow into responsible, productive adults.
Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. The average member at B&GCCG spends 10 hours a week in life-enhancing program.