Gerald Williams, a senior at Franklin Military Academy, was recently named Youth of the Year during The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club’s annual competition.
A member of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club at 3701 R Street for three years, Gerald says that he has gained valuable experience while a member.
“I’ve learned a lot about leadership inside the Club,” he said. “The different programs and initiatives have helped me become a better person and more committed to supporting my community. Leading community clean-up efforts in the East End have been so rewarding.”
Gerald will compete against other youth from Boys & Girls Clubs across Virginia and Washington, D.C. in Charlottesville on April 7 & 8 for the distinction of State Youth of the Year. 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.
The state competition is held April 7 & 8 in Charlottesville, VA. State winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions.