Atlanta Teen Wins Youth of The Year

2012 Youth of the Year, Chantil Coleman and Bellwood Unit Director Charlie Smith

During their annual competition event on March 1, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta named 17-year-old Chantil Coleman the 2012 Youth of The Year! Chantil will go on to compete in a statewide Youth of The Year competition on Sunday, March 18 – 20.

The oral speech competition was the last part of a process in which Chantil was nominated the winner. The three finalists were required to submit a written application and essay, and were interviewed by a panel of judges on character, poise, and other skills applicable to a Youth of The Year.

Coleman, a 12th grader at Henry W. Grady High School, was one of three outstanding-youth from The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta to compete for the title.

As the local Youth of the Year, Chantil received a plaque, a $1000 gift certificate from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Atlanta Advisory Council, and an opportunity to compete in the statewide Boys & Girls Clubs competition for the Georgia Youth of the Year.

“Chantil has been a member of The Salvation Army Bellwood Boys & Girls Club for 9 years,” explains Charlie Smith, The Bellwood Club Unit Director. “Chantil demonstrates strong leadership skills, is very active in the Club and the community, and a well-rounded and mature young woman.”

Chantil maintains a 3.6 GPA and ranks 25 out of 349 in her class. Upon completing high school she plans to attend the University of New York and major in Entertainment Law. Her ultimate life goal will be influencing others to make a difference. “I try to live my life each day as a model citizen, with the hope to help others make the world a better place,” explains Chantil.

We are truly excited for our 2012 Youth of The Year, Chantil Coleman. We’ll be rooting for you at the State Competition. Good Luck!

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