Darvonette Johnson, a senior at Franklin Military School, was named The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club 2017 Youth of the Year in a ceremony last night on R Street. Johnson received the honor by exemplifying characteristics of community involvement, leadership, compassion for others, and strong moral character.
Two members of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Richmond’s East End competed for the 2017 honor, with Johnson taking the top honor over Ty’wann Jackson, a junior at Armstrong High School.
“When I first came to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club I was a quiet and shy little girl who kept to herself,” said Johnson. “The Club has helped me blossom into an outgoing, determined leader who loves helping my community and the people around me. I’ve become a better person thanks to the staff at the Club.”
Johnson has been a member of the Club for four years and is the president of the Keystone Club.
Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been the Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, Boys & Girls Clubs across the country select a Youth of the Year from their selective Clubs. The competition is a premier recognition event for Club members, promoting to the club, community and family, academic success, public speaking ability, life goals and strong moral character.
PHOTO: Darvonette Johnson and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club executive director Hugh Jones. VIA The Salvation Army Central Virginia.