We are excited to share that Joseph Emetoh, from Grand Prairie Boys & Girls Club, has been named our 2022 local level Youth of the Year winner! The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.
Now in its 75th year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures. Selected from a cache of three outstanding Youth of the Year candidates from our Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Joseph has won a $4,000 Coke sponsored scholarship for college and will go on to contend for the Texas Youth of the Year title and a $2,500 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“I will be another voice for the next generation and will incite innovative change,” says Emetoh when discussing how he would like to make an impact as Youth of the Year.
When discussing how the Grand Prairie Boys & Girls Club played a role in his personal development, Joseph explained that he “took full advantage of all programs and groups that were offered to high school students”.
Joseph is the Keystone Club president at Grand Prairie Boys & Girls Club, helping to shape and lead the efforts of the planning and service oriented program designed to develop teens in academics, community service, outreach and career exploration.
“I learned to lead and coordinate events with its success being my sole responsibility”, says Joseph, regarding his time in the Keystone Club program.
Recalling his time in the Passport to Manhood program, Joseph recounted “Every Monday I was in a safe space to speak my feelings and share them with men who have been through the same things that I was now facing…these sessions were a catalyst to my personal growth and gaining of confidence and overall boldness.”
“I am thankful for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas for being the most consistent catalyst for growth and exposure in my life.”
If Joseph is named the Texas Youth of the Year, he will contend for the title of Southwest Regional Youth of the Year who will receive an additional $20,000 college scholarship. Six finalists will advance to the National Youth of the Year event in Los Angeles in September 2022, to vie for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $50,000 and a brand-new Toyota Corolla.
The Youth of the Year program is supported by Toyota and Mondelēz International. As the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, Toyota is committed to partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to ensure local Clubs provide life-enhancing opportunities for kids and teens to explore, develop and apply the essential skills they need to be successful in life and work. As the Lead Sponsor of Youth of the Year, Mondelēz International, will engage with local Clubs year-round to help foster a new generation of leaders prepared to live in and lead a diverse global economy. Youth of the Year representatives are the workforce leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers of tomorrow.