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Youth of the Year

2016 Youth of the Year - Cal Howes

Cal Howes who is now a freshman at Worcester State University became a club member at the age of 7 years old. Cal, who is also known as Fuzzy has been apart of nearly every group, program and team the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley has offered over the last ten years. As a young child Fuzzy participated in our afterschool sports leagues as well as our more competitive travel leagues. When he wasn't playing sports in the gym he was working on his studies in our homework and tech center as part of our "Power Hour" group. Fuzzy was also fortunate enough to be one of our first club members to become a "little friend" in our Big Friends Mentoring Program. As Cal began to age out of some of these activities he found himself useful in other areas of the Club. He became a CIT (Counselor in Training) during some of our summer programs where he would be given the responsibilities of helping to run programs and activities as well as guide our younger members through the day. Fuzzy immediately excelled which is why as soon as he was old enough, we hired him to help with our afterschool and summer programs. After working here for a few years and continuing to do an amazing job, Fuzzy was selected as our Big Friends Mentoring Program president. The passions and dedication to this program was very clear. Having the opportunity to watch Fuzzy go from a little friend shooting hoops in the gym to the amazing mentor and role model he is today has been a true pleasure. Cal is an amazing part of our team and we expect great things from in the future as he plans on pursuing a bachelors degree in education.

About the Youth of the Year Program:

The Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Club members who earn the youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.

Local 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 $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions. Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year competition for a chance at an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable up to $100,000 for four years. The National Youth of the Year represents all Boys & Girls Club youth.

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