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By Michael, 2019-2020 BGCGTC Junior Youth of the Year

Fort Worth, TX September 16, 2019- My name is Michael; I am 11 years old and I am a current member at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County Martin Branch. I started attending Boys & Girls Club when I was 7 years old.

At the Club, I have been given several leadership opportunities by being a part of the Junior Ambassadors program. I have learned why self-respect is important so that we can all have respect and pride in everything that we do. Being a part of Junior Ambassadors has helped me understand the importance of leadership and is shaping me into a better leader within the community. Being shaped into a leader has also opened the door for many new opportunities. I was the President of the Student Council at my school and President of the Yearbook Committee. I was asked to be the Keynote Speaker at Edu Fest at The Potter’s House Fort Worth, March of 2019. I spoke in front of an audience of 150-200 people of all ages. This was an amazing experience and I feel as if Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County helped prepare me for this.

My favorite part of the Boys & Girls Clubs is the education room. I developed a passion for technology at an early age. I received my first iPad at 4 years old. That one piece of technology fueled a strong desire on the inside. I like this part of the Club because it prepares us for our futures and keeps us mentally strong. Boys & Girls Clubs staff always introduce new educational games and computer activities like Stride, iStation, Prodigy, and Roblox to name a few. I also like this room because education is important. I am a naturally curious person because I always want to learn, so that is why I like the education room rotation.

The Boys & Girls Club also has awesome field trips every summer. I got to go to the Perot Museum, Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, TCU, AT&T Stadium and many other places. It is a lot of fun to go outside of the Club and explore different things. I had a lot of fun going to these places and I would not have been able to do it without the support of the Boys & Girls Club.

One day, I desire to become a computer engineer or a Motivational Speaker. Some of my goals right now are to get accepted into IM Terrell STEM Academy, because it will help me get prepared for college. I have hopes to attend and graduate from Duke University with a Computer Science degree which will lead me to become a computer engineer. I also want to become a good person because it’ll get me far, help others, and make me happy in life. Overall, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County has taught me skills that will be beneficial throughout my life. I believe that I can make my dreams come true.

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