Coleman James competes in state competition

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Coleman James, a sophomore at Gilmer High School, recently competed in the annual Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year competition in Atlanta. This event was to select a state winner for Georgia to go on to a regional competition.

Regional winners from across the nation, also representing clubs on military installations, would then compete to serve as the National Youth of the Year.

James was selected from representatives of the three North Georgia Clubs in Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties.  Preparing essays, presenting a speech and letters of recommendations were all part of the initial process.  

James, a member of the Three Rivers Club in Gilmer was also selected for this honor last year. 

With a year of competition under his belt, he was one of eight young people chosen to go on to the final round out of the 28 representatives from Georgia clubs.  

Each year, one exceptional club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth, as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. 

Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports.

Becoming National Youth of the Year is an exciting and inspiring journey. Each year, thousands of club teens participate in local, state and regional Youth of the Year events. 

Six teens, including five regional winners and a national military youth winner, advance to Washington, D.C., for the National Youth of the Year gala and celebration dinner, where one outstanding young person is named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national teen spokesperson. 

The National Youth of the Year is a role model, leader and advocate for the nearly 4 million youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs each year, and all of America’s young people.

James will be visiting various organizations over the next year as the Boys & Girls Club of North Georgia Youth of the Year. It is his hope, along with the clubs, that more individuals and organizations within our communities will learn about our efforts and programs serving youth in grades first through 12th in afterschool and summer programs. 

For more information on Boys & Girls Club programs or to have James speak to your organization, contact Jan W. Day, program operations manager, at 706-253-2582.

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