SCRANTON – Abram Harris, a 14-year-old from West Scranton Intermediate, has been chosen to represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania as the 2012 Youth of the Year. This program is proudly sponsored by the generosity of Pat and John Atkins.
According to Pat Atkins, “I wish everyone could visit the Boys & Girls Clubs to see what they do with and for the kids. It’s an amazing organization that John and I are proud to support.”
Abram will represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA in Harrisburg for the state Youth of the Year competition. If he wins states, he will move onto a regional competition. Regional winners are awarded a $10,000 college scholarship and advance to the national competition in Washington. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 college scholarship.
According to Tricia DiBiasi Thomas, Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA executive director, “The Club is extremely proud of Abram. The Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The Youth of the Year program helps us to continue our mission.”
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome.
Abram has been coming to the Club since 2006. When asked to describe what he would be doing if he didn’t attend the Club, he explains, “Going to the Boys & Girls Club keeps me out of trouble. I don’t know where I would go after school if the Club didn’t exist.”
As the first place winner of the 2012 Youth of the Year competition, Abram is awarded $1,000 scholarship to his college or university of choice. With the help of the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA, Abram will have funds to help pay for his education after he graduates from high school.