“My experience at the Boys & Girls Club has prepared me to advocate for the ways that community spaces and intentional connection can help us overcome our struggles.” — Chidalu, Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club Youth of the Year
Established in 1947, the Youth of the Year Award at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) recognizes Club members who have shown superior leadership, academic achievement, and service to their respective Club community. The annual program builds personal growth and leadership qualities among our young members.
Get to know Chidalu, Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club’s 2022 Youth of the Year:
Chidalu remembers July 5, 2011, as his first day at the Club, and the beginning of his Club story. To him, the Club is swimming in the pool, working out in the gym, and being an active member in Torch and Keystone Club. All these spaces gave him the opportunity to connect with peers and staff, and these connections turned into long-lasting relationships that hold incredible value for him.
Through his Club journey, Chidalu has grown into a leader who not only holds himself accountable for his actions but leads with the intent of encouraging everyone to do their best and respect each other’s ideas. He is a driven, compassionate young man who is always willing to help. At the Club, you will find him volunteering during Thanksgiving turkey giveaways, Cradles to Crayons programs, in the classroom amongst his peers and beyond. In the fall, Chidalu will begin his senior year at Weston High School.
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The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston is to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. We do this by providing a safe haven filled with hope and opportunity, ongoing relationships with caring adults, and life-enhancing programs.