GREAT FUTURES START HERE: Fuqua Club Youth of the Year

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta currently has three unit operations (Fuqua, Peachcrest and Bellwood), is a member of the Salvation Army Metro Atlanta, and is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The purpose of our Boys & Girls Clubs is to provide youth development services and to promote the health, physical, social, educational, vocational and character development of boys and girls.

Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

Meet Kameron King, our Fuqua Club Youth of the Year!

_DSC7569Kameron King photographed with Fuqua Club Director, Andre London

What My Boys and Girls Club Means to Me
by Kameron King

“Cool is not just one type of cool. Cool is confidence and knowing. Some people can be what people call ‘nerds’ and they ‘re cool because they know what they are that makes them cool, and somebody aspires to be like them, because they’re fine with it. It’s confidence” -ANDRE 3000

My Boys and Girls Club means a lot to me. My Boys and Girls Club is a place where I can have fun and is a safe haven for me and my fellow members. My Boys and Girls Club is a place where I can enjoy myself, learn, and most of all gain life lessons from the older staff and mentors. I am involved in a lot of different activities at my Boys and Girls Club such as Keystone, Money Matters, and Career Launch.

I am an avid member of my Boys and Girls Club Keystone program. This year I am the president of Keystone. I have learned a lot in the other programs also. Some things I have learned in those programs are the amount of money it takes to raise a child, and how much it costs to go to college. My boys and girls club’s career launch program inspired me at the age of 13. When I was 13 the boys and girls club held interviews for jobs. This made a great impression on me. I learned what a resume is and how to use it and also how the interviewing process should be held. I was able to get a summer job at Zaxby’s and have been working there for five months because of the experiences I went through at my boys and girls club.

The day before my fifth grade graduation my father called me and told me he wouldn’t be able to make it. This made me feel like I wasn’t cared about and like I didn’t have a male role model in my life. At my graduation I didn’t expect any male figure to be at my graduation but there was one, Mr. Okelvis Hambrick. At the time, Mr. Hambrick was the teen director at the Boys and Girls club. He would help me with homework and he just was a person to talk to. Seeing him at my graduation made me feel very good and let me know that there were still men who cared to be in my life. Growing up there were a couple other men who grew on me and were role models in my life. Mr. Andre is the unit director at the boys and girls club, he has helped me reach a lot of goals and has always had my back. Mr. Chuck was my first basketball coach and taught me the game that I now love today. At the time Mr. Chuck was the gym director at the club . He also put me on my first AAU team and taught me a lot of fundamentals to becoming a man.

The Boys and Girls Club has also done a lot for me. One of the many things they have done for me is getting me interviewed by different jobs and helped me complete a resume. I have been a member at my Boys and Girls Club for fourteen years now and I have loved every minute of it. The Boys and Girls Club has practically become my second home. If I am not at home, I am at the Club. I love my Boys and Girls Club. My Boys and Girls Club also helps my mom because it is an inexpensive place where I enjoy myself and stay out of trouble. The Boys and Girls Club is great and has taught me many things . Being here at the boys and girls club I have seen many people grow up with the boys and girls club and become teens then turn to the streets, or end up in jail. I am thankful that my boys and girls club has sheltered me and kept me out of trouble.

Throughout life I have had a lot of ups and downs. When I was younger, my dad was in and out of my life and it really made me sad when I saw everyone else parents together and one big happy family. After a few years, I believe I have become stronger from not having my father around as much others. Through it all, I did learn a huge lesson and that lesson is when I become a father, to make sure I take the best care of my children no matter what. The club is a place that I can go and my mom knows I am safe. My boys and girls club has always been a place I can go and decrease the stress on my mother shoulders. My mom and I believe that the club has many positive male role models
for me to interact with and discuss different topics with. The Boys and Girls Club has supplied me with the tools to help me succeed on the road to becoming a man.

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