Jeramiah D. Lyons, 2018 Northeast Regional Youth of the Year headed to Washington, D.C.on September 21 to compete for the national Youth of the Year title.
Boys & Girls Club of Allentown member and 2018 Northeast Regional Youth of the Year winner, Jeramiah D. Lyons, is headed to Washington, D.C. on September 21 to compete for the national Youth of the Year title. Jeramiah is one of six Boys & Girls Club of America members vying for the prestigious national title and $100,000 accompanying college scholarship.
Earlier this summer, Jeramiah was named Northeast Regional Youth of the Year at the Northeast Youth of the Year Gala at the historic Cipriani in New York, Lyons received a $10,000 college scholarship renewable for up to four years, leading to a total of $40,000. The sixteen-year-old was selected as the Northeast Youth of the Year because of his determination, positive attitude and generous spirit.
“In my community, many in my generation have been drawn blindly down the wrong path; down a path that strays away from the positive influence of a place like my Boys & Girls Club,” Lyons said. “When I envision America’s youth, I don’t see the drugs, gang-riddled neighborhoods or broken homes. What I see is opportunity; opportunity for future leaders to rise.”
Lyons first joined his Boys & Girls Club at just 5 years old. While he had trouble making friends on his first day, the kindness and special attention of a Club volunteer left a lasting impression. Lyons is now a Junior Staff volunteer at the Club himself, and he is passionate about making younger kids feel welcome.
“Volunteering as a Junior Staff has led me to some of the greatest moments of my life so far,” he said. “From bringing hope and a smile to a kid’s face who tells you he’s having trouble with a bully at school, to walking home with a kid who’s too scared to go alone. It’s moments like these that have shown me that I can bring out the best of youth.”
Founded more than seventy years ago in 1947 as Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club. The Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by The Walt Disney Company, who has supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota is the Signature Sponsor of the national Youth of the Year program.