Selected among eleven outstanding youth, Omar White has been named the Maryland Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. As the new Maryland Youth of the Year, Omar will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. A true example of an extraordinary young leader, 17-year old Omar will now vie for BGCA’s Northeast Region Youth of the Year title and an additional college scholarship.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.
Omar has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County for eight years and is now a member of the Club’s Junior Staff program. He is president of the Bywater Branch’s Keystone Club, a teen group dedicated to leadership and community service, and was selected to serve on the Steering Committee for their Regional Summit in 2010. Omar is also a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society at Annapolis High School, where he is a Senior. Omar plans to attend college and has already been accepted to the University of Miami.
“Omar and all Youth of the Year nominees are living proof that Boys & Girls Clubs across the country are fulfilling their mission of inspiring and enabling young people to Be GREAT,” said Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO, BGCA. “We are most appreciative to Tupperware Brands for their long-time support of Boys & Girls Clubs and providing scholarships to help our members attain their goals.”
This summer, Omar will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members within the Northeast Region. If named regional winner, he will be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2011, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.
“As a long time supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, I am proud to announce Tupperware’s involvement in the Youth of the Year program,” said Rick Goings, Chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands Corporation. “We strongly believe in these future leaders of tomorrow and are proud to support their continuing education.”
For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.bgca.org/yoy.