Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, NJ

2012 Youth of the Year

Please be our guest for the annual Youth of the Year Dinner.          

6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2012 Yoy 2012 Logo No Ribbon (3)
Chauncey Conference Center at ETS
660 Rosedale Road, Princeton, New Jersey

Prepare to be inspired as teen members describe their hopes for the future and what it means to them to belong to the Boys & Girls Club. One of the nominees will be selected Trenton Youth of the Year, earn a college scholarship, and become eligible to compete in the New Jersey State Youth of the Year Program.

Reserve your seat online, through email, or by calling the Boys & Girls Club at 609-392-3191 ext 15. Suggested donation to support our teens is $75 in honor of the Boys & Girls Club’s 75th Anniversary Year. Please reply by March 9, 2012.

Much thanks to ETS, our Youth of the Year Dinner sponsor.

About the Youth of the Year Program

About The YoyThe Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Program is a high school writing, public speaking, and mentoring program for young people who are involved with a Boys & Girls Club. It is also a competition in which one of the nominees is selected as the Club’s Youth of the Year and receives a $2,000 scholarship toward college or technical school.

The Trenton Youth of the Year goes on to represent us in the NJ State Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year competition, and possibly, the regional and national events.

Many previous Youth of the Year nominees are successfully engaged in their college studies. They include Tyis Everett, 2011 Youth of the Year, Benedict College, and Michael Coleman, Mercer County Community College; Roger Barrett (2010) The College of New Jersey, Manna Selassie, Occidental University, and Shawn Murry-Webb, Bloomfield College; Bentrice Jusu (2009) Wake Forest University and Tieisha Tift, Columbia University; Suegatha Kai (2008), St. Peter’s College, and Ashley Harris, Howard University.

Role of Mentors

Community mentors deliver a breath of professional experience and a deep commitment to helping youth chart their personal course. Volunteers work alongside our teen services staff to ensure the success of our high-impact mentoring programs.

This year, our Youth of the Year Program has formed 15 mentoring “triads,” each composed of a high school youth, a professional staff member, and a volunteer mentor from the community. Mentors are matched with students based on each teen’s career interest which may include nursing, business, social work, science, teaching, and law enforcement.

Having mentors in our career and educational programs to support youth dramatically increases the likelihood that teens will

  • Stay engaged,
  • Graduate from high school, and
  • Go to college or technical school.

Last June, 99 of our 100 Boys & Girls Club members who were seniors graduated from high school, and 80 percent of them went on to college and trade school.