Ransom earns prestigiuos Boys & Girls Club honor

Huntsville Tx, Feb.9, 2013 – Selected among several East Texas Boys & Girls Clubs outstanding youth, Jamarcus Ransom will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Texas Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. As the new Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Brazos Valley, 17-year old Jamarcus is a true example of an extraordinary young man recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

“Jamarcus is respected by his peers and adults alike as evidenced by his selection to leadership roles in service organizations and school”   said Ron Rolett President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Brazos Valley.

When asked about his Club Jamarcus stated “The Boys and Girls Club is a place where a large number of kids learn morals and discover who they are and what they want to be. The staff and members were essential in the development of my adolescence and the molding of the man I have become today. Through its many teachings, the Boys and Girls Club changed me as a person and has helped me reach achievements I could have never dreamed.”

A&M Consolidated Principal had the following to say about Jamarcus, “As an active band participant, he competed all four years and was selected drum major.  Jamarcus enjoyed sharing his musical talents with others.  Often, he worked with other band students after school to help them master their musical selections and help strengthen their skills. Obviously, Jamarcus has a passion for service and a desire to impact the lives of others.”

Jamarcus shared his plans for the future, “My ultimate goal with regard to obtaining my college degree is to give back to the less fortunate, especially children and youth. Currently I have been able to work with youth through private music lessons, tutoring, and through working with the Special Olympics. These opportunities have inspired me to pursue degrees in history education and sociology. Through becoming an educator with experience in sociology, I plan to inspire all students, to reach their full potential and to always strive for the best in everything they do.”

Should Jamarcus be selected at the state competition, he will compete for the title of Southwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2013, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Brazos Valley

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley, in association with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is dedicated to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders of our community and nation.  The Boys & Girls Club of Brazos Valley offers young people what they need and want most; adults who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves; and interesting, constructive activities that channel youthful energy into challenging pursuits. A youth development strategy that fosters a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and influence underlies all Boys & Girls Club programs and builds self-confidence and self-esteem. For 54 of years, the Club has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve nearly 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.

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Ron Rolett, cell 979.777.1731  rrolett@bgcbv.org
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