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New Haven Youth of the Year

GREAT FUTURES START HERE: EXCEPTIONAL NEW HAVEN TEEN WINS YOUTH OF THE YEAR HONOR FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF NEW HAVEN

Moshema Hull Will Compete for State Title and Scholarship

New Haven, CT, March 13, 2014 – Selected among several local outstanding youth, Moshema Hull will compete against other outstanding Boys & Girls Club members from across the state for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. As the new Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven, 16-year old Moshema is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized for her character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as how they have overcome personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

“The Youth of the Year candidates make me incredibly proud each year. I know their stories -how much each of them have overcome to reach their goals. It also highlights the impact of our work with youth and their families. The parents and staff are beaming with pride each year. These young people truly inspire all of us.”

Moshema was a club member for many years before she decided to volunteer a few years ago. Through her hard work and dedication she landed her first job as a junior counselor at the Club. She serves as a mentor, assisting with homework and implementing activities that build character and respect for their peers and adults. She is also the president of our Keystone Club. The Keystone Club is the Club’s premiere leadership program for teens which provides opportunities to participate in activities that focus on Academic Success, Career Preparation and Community Service.

Moshema is a junior at Common Ground High School. Common Ground High School’s mission cultivates the habits of healthy living and environmental practices among a diverse community. Moshema encourages everyone around her to “go green” and is implementing a recycling program at the Club. She is passionate about environmental issues and wants to effect change, often participating in seminars and demonstrations with her school about environmental justice and social issues in the community.

A college education is extremely important to Moshema. “I can’t wait! It’s an opportunity to prove that I can achieve anything I put my mind to.” She wants to make her family proud. Moshema’s mom recently completed an associate degree and is now working on her bachelor’s degree. “If she can do it after all these years then so can I,” Moshema says. “I refuse to be a statistic or a stereotype. I may not reach Barack Obama status or become as influential as Martin Luther King, Jr., but I will make a difference and a post-high school education will assist me in doing just that.”

The State Competition will be held on April 17, 2014 at the State Capitol. If Moshema wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Northeast Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2014 to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet the President of the United States.

New Haven Register Press Release

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Judges, Family & Friends  Moshema Hull- Local Finalist   Amber Cruz- Local Candidate  Thomas Oliver- Local Candidate

YOY-Winner                                             YOY- Volunteers

Moshema with Stephanie Barnes & Carlos Collazo      Yale Group Volunteers that helped us set up for the Local Competition

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The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is pleased to announce our very first annual March Madness 3-on-3 Corporate Basketball Challenge which will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9 AM-9 PM at our main Clubhouse. A “Sports Lounge” will be set up at the Club broadcasting NCAA games throughout the duration of the event so you don’t miss any of the action. This is an important event for the Club as it raises money to help us continue to serve hundreds of youth every year in our effective out-of-school time programs that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship.

We ask that you consider supporting the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven as a team, a player and/or a sponsor for the first annual March Madness 3-on-3 Corporate Basketball Challenge.We ask that you consider supporting the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven as a team, a player and/or a sponsor for the first annual March Madness 3-on-3 Corporate Basketball Challenge. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Tharon Mayes at tharon.mayes@bgcnewhaven.org or Carlos Collazo at carlos.collazo@bgcnewhaven.org

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‘Tis the season for giving and giving back.

This holiday season, you can make a lifetime of difference through a gift to Boys & Girls Clubs of New Haven. We serve over 800 kids and teens, but hundreds more need the life-changing programs and positive guidance Clubs provide.  Your donation makes it possible. 

If you are interested in giving to the Club, contact us and tell us how you’d like to help. Email us at stephanie.barnes@bgcnewhaven.org or call (203) 787-0187 ext. 17. BGCNH is a 501(c)3 (nonprofit) organization and donations are tax deductible.

Cash donations can be made via mail, in person or online – Donate Today!

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Mr. Elisha Reaves teaches members about becoming men by moving past stereotypes. Society has a way of influencing young boys to believe that there is only one way to behave “like a man”. In other words, you are only considered a man by your wealth, power and status. Today’s Passport to Manhood lesson dealt with challenging these stereotypes and not becoming defined by them. Once young men recognize their power to move beyond stereotypes, they will no longer be limited to society’s boundaries. Elisha’s group began a round table discussion by listing the most common stereotypes about young men and how they were false. Thomas, a participant of the Passport to Manhood program ended the discussion by speaking on the positive qualities of responsible men.

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Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. The program includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to the community. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior.

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Mr. Elisha Reaves teaches members about becoming men by moving past stereotypes. Society has a way of influencing young boys to believe that there is only one way to behave “like a man”. In other words, you are only considered a man by your wealth, power and status. Today’s Passport to Manhood lesson dealt with challenging these stereotypes and not becoming defined by them. Once young men recognize their power to move beyond stereotypes, they will no longer be limited to society’s boundaries. Elisha’s group began a round table discussion by listing the most common stereotypes about young men and how they were false. Thomas, a participant of the Passport to Manhood program ended the discussion by speaking on the positive qualities of responsible men.

passport to manhood logo

Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. The program includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to the community. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior.

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