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? To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. (The Mission Statement)
- 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