The Boys and Girls Club of the Wiregrass presented their Annual Youth of the Year Award Thursday and Karissa Call is the award winner.
Call has been a member of the club for nine years and was the first female accepted. Workers at the club said that Call is a positive role model for young people.
She received a $1,000 award. Call will advance to the statewide Youth of the Year competition, which will be held in Montgomery in March for a $5,000 award.
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History of the Boys and Girls Club of America
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with several women in Hartford, Conn.
- In 1906, several Boys Clubs decided to affiliate. The Federated Boys Clubs in Boston was formed with 53 member organizations.
- In 1931, the Boys Club Federation of America became Boys Clubs of America.
- In 1956, Boys Clubs of America celebrated its 50th anniversary and received a U.S. Congressional Charter.
- To recognize the fact that girls are a part of our cause, the national organization's name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1990.
What Does the Organization Do?
- A safe place to learn and grow
- Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
- Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
- Hope and opportunity
For more information visit your local Boys and Girls Club, or visit their Web site: http://www.bgca.org
Source: Boys and Girls Club of America Web Site