The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania recently held its annual Youth of the Year competition. Club members must be between the ages of 13 and 18 to participate. The first place winner received a $1,000 scholarship to a higher education institution of their choice. Pictured are participants (l-r), Abram Harris, Leasia Bauza, Rashawn Harris and Xavier Harris.
The Club members were judged on family, school, community, and Boys & Girls Club involvement, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. Representatives from the community volunteered their time to judge the competition. Pictured are judges (l-r) Rob Crain, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders; Atty. Alexia Kita Blake, Club board of directors; and Gregory Evans, Whiskey Dick’s Tavern owner and community activist.
After the judging, guest speaker and sponsor of the program, John Atkins, shared with the group why higher education is a wise choice to make after high school graduation. John, and his wife Pat, are the proud sponsors of this program. Pictured is John Atkins, program sponsor (l) with first-place winner Abram Harris (l). Abram will participate in the Pennsylvania State Youth of the Year competition held in Philadelphia representing the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA in early April.