2019 Youth of the Year Celebration
Presented by Barney’s Pharmacy

Featuring Boys & Girls Club Alumnus, Jasmine Jenkins

Thursday, February 7th 2019
Dinner & Program | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
E.W. Hagler Boys & Girls Club
1903 Division St. Augusta, GA

Youth of the Year is a year-round program focused on the development of Boys & Girls Club members as community  leaders. The program begins at the local level as Clubs select their Youth of the Month and then nominate finalists to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA Youth of the Year.  Candidates for Youth of the Year are evaluated on a number of criteria including academic performance, service to the community and Club, public speaking, and essay writing.
A $2,500 scholarship is awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA youth who wins the competition. The Youth of the Year winner is also given the opportunity to compete with other Club members at the state, regional, and national levels with the potential to earn additional scholarships and meet the President of the United States. 

Being crowned the 2019 Youth of the Year is a big milestone for A.R. Johnson Senior, Beleil Lamb.  A contender for this title since 9th grade, Beleil’s time has finally come!  During his speech at our annual Youth of the Year dinner, Beleil invited guests to imagine a world without Boys & Girls Clubs and the programs and opportunities that helped shape his life over the past 5 years.  From a belligerent, disrespectful pre-teen, to a star student, athlete and civic leader, Beleil says Boys & Girls Clubs helped transform him and set him on a path to success.  Up next, college, where Beleil will major in Chemical Engineering and from there the sky is the limit for a young man with big dreams and wild determination to make his mark on this world!

​GREATNESS IS CALLING, and this year’s Youth of the Year finalists answered in big ways!  At  the 2019 Youth of the Year dinner in February, finalist Grant Stokes excitedly shared that he will be attending Cornell University this fall on a full academic scholarship and Mecca Jackson, representing the Washington County Boys & Girls Club, confidently announced her plan to be a part of the U.S. Women’s track team in the 2020 Olympics!  Winner, Beleil Lamb inspired guests with his story of transformation and emphasized the need for Boy & Girls Club programs to continue changing the lives of youth in the CSRA.

At the 2019 Youth of the Year Celebration presented by Barney’s Pharmacy with dinner generously donated by Wife Saver, guests heard speeches from each Youth of the Year candidate along with an inspiring testimony  to the transformational power of Boys & Girls Clubs by  guest speaker, Jasmine Jenkins, an alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier. 

The 2019 panel of  Youth of the Year judges was comprised of community leaders and Boys & Girls Club supporters who invested hours of their time reading candidates’ essays, speaking with and learning about each candidate before they chose a winner.  It was an honor to have a few of these judges- Ray Doumar, Trey Nixon and Toni Alewine introduce our finalists on the big night before the winner was announced. 

To learn more, contact Adrienne at apatterson@bgcaugusta.org. ​