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Dakarion Littles to Now Vie for State Title and Scholarship

Selected among five outstanding youth, Dakarion has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD). 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 74th year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures. Dakarion 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.

Dakarion has been a member of the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club for 13 years, following in the footsteps of his older brother. Both found the Club to be a safe haven away from the tough Oak Cliff neighborhoods. While Dakarion embraced the Club, many of his peers succumbed to the streets. And unfortunately, his older brother was tragically killed in 2018.

The very next day after his brother was killed, Dakarion asked his mother for permission to go to the Oak Cliff Club. She agreed. Both knew that the Club and its staff was what he needest most during such a difficult time.

“Dakarion is a prime example of the profound impact our Clubs have on lives,” said Charles English, BGCD President and CEO. “Because of the Club, Dakarion turned tragedy into triumph and he is on his way to accomplishing great things.”

Dakarion has been active in the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club as president of Keystone Club, a participant of Passport to Manhood, and a team lead with the Building Industry Leader program (BIL). Because of his participation in BIL, Dakarion has discovered his future career path as a civil engineer. Outside of the Club, he volunteers with East Dallas Church of Christ and with this high school, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy.

If Dakarion 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 virtual National Youth of the Year event in October 2021, 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. 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.

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit youthoftheyear.org.