We celebrated Joseph Emetoh and his on-going journey to the National Youth of the Year Competition last week at Grand Prairie Boys & Girls Club. With fellow Club members, mentors, high school friends, and Emetoh’s parents in the audience, Joseph delivered his passionate, winning YOY speech in person and shared many thoughts regarding his journey onward.
The celebration opened with a young Club member reciting our Boys & Girls Club mission statement, emphasizing the importance of community and mentorship that one can always find at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.
Grand Prairie Boys & Girls Club Director, Julie Mitchel, shared her thoughts regarding Joseph’s kind nature and knack for leadership and encouraged the other young Club members to follow in his footsteps. She then, welcomed NBC 5’s Black Employee Network (BEN) to the celebration and asked if they would like to share any special words with guests on such a special occasion.
NBC 5’s President & General Manager, Tom Ehlman, congratulated Joseph Emetoh and his parents for their dedication and thanked BGCD for allowing their contributions to help impact the positive development of youth, such as Joseph. Ehlman is also BGCD board of directors.
Cherri Rowe, a great mentor to Joseph Emetoh, then shared her thoughts on Joseph’s development at BGCD. She shared how she enjoyed seeing Joseph become a strong leader and great mentor to other Club members, the trials she helped Joseph overcome on his road to Youth of the Year, and her excitement for all that is to come from Joseph, as he evolves into an even better person and ambassador for BGCD.
After hearing from the members of Joseph’s BGCD community and sponsors to his growth, Joseph then shared his winning Youth of the Year speech for the first time in a public forum. His speech painted a beautiful picture of his village at BGCD. Emetoh explained the many struggles as a teen he was able to confront with the encouragement and support of Grand Prairie Boys & Girls Club, his mission be that support for younger Club members and his passion developing youth like himself. Joseph spoke of how proud he was to be a beacon and great example for is community and emphasized the life-changing impact of his membership at BGCD.
The celebration ended with a meal of pizza, ice cream, and cake and a final moment for photos with Joseph’s mentors, sponsor, and friends.
After winning the Greater Dallas Youth of the Year competition, Joseph is now tasked to use his captivating oratorical skills to win the Texas State Youth of the Year competition in Austin.
We wish Joseph all the best in his efforts and know he will continue to honor BGCD’s mission to enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.