The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta hosted its annual Great Futures Start Here Banquet on March 19, 2015. Former NFL and Georgia Tech football player, James Butler, was the guest speaker. 

The Great Futures Start Here Youth of the Year program celebrates local youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character. These deserving young people are recognized for service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to their family. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.  These young men and women represent their Club in our Great Futures Start Here Banquet, where one is selected as The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta’s Youth of the Year.

Salvation Army Youth of the Year Nominees:

Cedrick Cash, Jr.- Fuqua Youth of the Year

The oldest of four, Cedrick is being raised by his single mother. He helps out around the house with his younger siblings and around the Club with younger members. Cedrick has been a member of the Club for eight years and has participated in Torch Club and Keystone Club. Cedrick states that the male staff at the Club have been remarkable role models. Cedrick is a sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School and plans to go to Georgia Southern University to major in Psychology.

Nia Johnson– Peachcrest Youth of the Year

Nia has been an active member of the Club for four years. She has been the President of the Keystone Club. In addition to her dedication to her Club, she is a junior at Columbia High School where she is a member of Students Against Destructive Decision against Drug/Alcohol abuse and plays on the Volleyball and Soccer team. Nia plans to attend Alabama State University to pursue a degree in Sports Broadcasting.

Jalen Coleman– 2015 Youth of the Year The Salvation Army  Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta

Jalen attends Woodward Academy, where he is a senior with a 3.65+ GPA with multiple honors and AP courses.  Jalen has been a member of the Club for eleven years where he has achieved and excelled in numerous programs, Volunteered and served as a Peer Tutor.  Once Jalen completes high school, he plans to attend Yale University and major in Law. He aspires to become a Lawyer, Judge and a United State Senator. Jalen is a conscientious student who has a positive attitude toward education and is highly motivated to attend college. Jalen is highly self-disciplined, dedicated to his work and eager to assume additional responsibilities.

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