Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA Awards Judge
the 2010 Youth of the Year

Pictured (l-r) are Devon Fawcett, guest speaker from Johnson College; Laura Gentile; director of operations; Cameron Judge, first-place winner; and Tricia DiBiasi Thomas; executive director.

SCRANTON – Cameron Judge, an 18-year-old from Scranton High School, has been chosen to represent the Boys and Girls Clubs of NEPA as the 2010 Youth of the Year

Cameron will represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania in Harrisburg for the state Youth of the Year competition.  If he wins states, he will move onto a regional competition.  Regional winners are awarded a $10,000 college scholarship and advance to the national competition in Washington.  The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 college scholarship.

According to Tricia DiBiasi Thomas, Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA executive director, “The Club is extremely proud of Cameron. The Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Youth of the Year program helps us to continue our mission.”

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Clubs member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Clubs, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome.

Cameron has been coming to the Club since 2003.  When asked to describe what the Club means to him, he explains, “Going to the Boys & Girls Clubs kept me out of trouble. It kept me off the streets and away from kids that were bad and wanting to lead me in the wrong direction. I’m so thankful that I had a place like this to go to when I was growing up.”

As the first place winner of the 2010 Youth of the Year competition, Cameron is awarded $1,000 scholarship to his college or university of choice and $50 gift certificate.  Cameron has tentative plans to attend Marywood University to study architecture.  With the help of the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA, Cameron now has additional funds to help pay for his education.