2020 Youth of the Year
Since 1947, the Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of our teens. Club members who earn the Youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership, service, character and academic excellence. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.
This year, our Club’s Youth of the Year is Jimmy Mejia. Jimmy is a senior at Locust Valley High School where he maintains an A average as a member of the Varsity Soccer Team, the Kendama Club, and the LVTV Club, while working part time for the Locust Valley Chamber of Commerce. At school, Jimmy leads by example, demonstrating commitment, creativity, and a strong sense of responsibility. Jimmy will be the first member of his family to go to college and will study film at Ithaca College this fall.
Jimmy joined Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club when he was in the first grade. As an active member for twelve years, he has participated in many of the Club’s programs including College Prep, City Club and Money Matters. Last spring, Jimmy helped organize the Club’s National Keystone project called Vibezzz, a wellness fair that worked to create a stress-free environment for teens to relax from the pressures of school work, family issues and other struggles. As this year’s President of the Keystone Club, Grenville Baker’s community service and leadership organization, Jimmy’s goal has been for every Club kid to feel accepted for who they are and to enjoy a safe space, free from bullying.
I know I speak for our entire Club, staff and members alike, in saying that Jimmy is an exceptional young man and we are so proud to have him represent us this year in Albany and beyond as our Club’s Youth of the Year.