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(L-R) Ebon Flagg & Michael Flamer

Meet our Youth of the Year Winners

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is proud to announce Ebon Flagg, of the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club, as the 2014 State Youth of the Year. And Michael Flamer, of the Dover Air Force Base Boys & Girls Club, as 2014 Military Youth of the Year.

Ebon lives by the motto, ‘Practice what you preach’. He stands up for what he believes in, even if it leaves him standing alone. At the Greater Newark Club, Ebon enjoys sports and Keystone Club. Ebon has helped plan various service projects including a shoe drive, serving as Santa’s helper at the annual Breakfast with Santa event, helping with the Jr. NBA basketball league, participating in a 5K cancer walk, and volunteering with the Perkins Basketball Camp. Ebon is also involved at school, Glasgow High School, where he plays football and basketball and participates in Business Professionals of America and the Delaware Career Association. Through these associations, Ebon is the president of the school store, where he is responsible for advertising and marketing. Ebon plans to attend college and become an entrepreneur.

"The Boys & Girls Club serves as an escape for me, a place where I can just have fun and not worry about things at home. I am very thankful to have the Club staff in my life as an extended family. They have helped keep me grounded and focused on my goals through all of my struggles,” said Ebon when asked what the Boys & Girls Clubs mean to him.

Children from military families face many challenges, and although they do not wear the active duty uniform, military communities realize that youth serve too! In their service, military youth cope with transitions of multiple deployments, separation from their parents and extended family, and unfortunately at times, endure the challenges of having a wounded, ill or injured military parent. All of this is further complicated by the fact that military youth often move up to nine times before high school graduation.

The Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to our military members and their families. While the children of the military face these unique challenges; they, like the children in our traditional Clubs, exceed the odds to become strong, resilient, and true leader in their communities.

Our Military Youth of the Year, Michael Flamer, strives to live by the golden rule, ‘Treat others how you would want to be treated’. He follows this rule at home with his family, at school with his friends, and at the Club with his peers. Michael is a member of the Varsity soccer team and the Junior Varsity basketball team at Polytech High School. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Business Professionals of America. At the Club, Michael serves as Keystone President. In this role, he provides assistance with planning Club and community events and projects. One such project was the Teen Summit, where several Boys & Girls Clubs met to discuss the dangers of cyber bullying and teen suicide prevention. Michael was instrumental in the refurbishment of the Club playground. Michael is also active with his church, where he works with the Pre-K youth ministry putting on plays, distributing meals, and collecting coats for the less fortunate. He plans to attend college and study psychology.

When asked what the Boys & Girls Clubs means to him, Michael replied, "The Club is my second home. I enjoy going to the Club, where my friends are, and learning new things. It keeps me active and is a place where I can hang out with my friends. The staff wants what’s best for me and helps set me up for success.”

The Youth of the Year program, administered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and nationally sponsored by Tupperware Brands, recognizes outstanding contributions to a Club member’s community, school, family and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome.

Ebon Flagg will receive a $1,000 scholarship from each of these contributors: Sallie Mae, Tupper Brands Foundation, the Janosik Family Charitable Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. He also received a prize pack including: an iPad and assorted Boys & Girls Clubs prizes. Michael Flamer will receive over $3,000 in scholarships and a new iPad.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware 2014 State Youth of the Year, Ebon Flagg, will compete for the title of Northeast Regional Youth of the Year and a $10,000 scholarship. The five regional winners will travel to Washington, DC to compete for the title of BGCA National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $50,000 college scholarship and is formally installed by the President at the Oval Office. Michael will go on to Washington, D.C. to compete for National Military Youth of the Year.


SPECIAL CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT

Our Capital Campaign received a big boost last night as we announced the launch of the public phase of the campaign and also had a special announcement by Ellen Kullman, CEO of DuPont Company and chairman of our campaign.

Ms. Kullman announced that DuPont will be contributing $1 million to the campaign. This means that our total dollars raised to date is $6.4 million of our $10 million goal. Ms. Kullman in her remarks stressed the importance of the work done by the clubs and the impact the organization has on the lives of youth. She indicated that companies like DuPont will need skilled employees who are prepared to work in careers that are STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related.

Over 100 people were in attendance. Tours of the work now completed at the H. Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Club, as a result of the campaign, were offered to all, including the new "ACHIEVER’S CENTER” mentoring and technology center.

As we move now into the next phase of the campaign, we will be increasing the amount of promotion in order to generate greater awareness and broader community support. We welcome any ideas, as well as opportunities to promote the campaign at events, newsletters or other vehicles you may be aware of.

While we still have a ways to go to achieve our campaign goal we are well underway. Thanks to all who have helped us get this far. We are changing the lives of thousands of kids and your help and support is making a difference!

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Link to Delawareonline article.