For the second straight year, The Boys & Girls Club in Atlantic City has produced the New Jersey State Youth of the Year. Frankie Watson, an 18-year old member of the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, New Jersey since the age of 11, has been named the New Jersey Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Frankie was selected from a pool of 19 finalists representing more than 100,000 Club participants statewide. As the New Jersey Youth of the Year, Frankie will receive a $20,000 scholarship from Walmart, the New Jersey Youth of the Year Event Sponsor. The Youth of the Year program, which is administered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) recognizes outstanding effort and contributions by club members between the ages of 14 and 18, to their family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as having overcome personal challenges and obstacles. In July, Frankie will go on to compete against other state winners in BGCA’s Northeast Region in New York City. If named regional winner, she will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship and advance to the national competition in Washington DC. The National Youth of the Year additional $50,000 college scholarship and will be installed by President Barack Obama in an oval office ceremony. (read more)
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