Congratulations to Ja'Maja Spencer, a junior at Holmes High School, who was honored with the Youth of the Year Award for the Marge-Schott Unnehehr Boys and Girls Club in Covington.
The Youth of the Year competition is a national Boys and Girls Club initiative that highlights one all-star teen club member from each club every year. The teen chosen exemplifies the Boys and Girls Club mission and vision of creating productive, caring, responsible young citizens. We use our program model: Graduate, Fit for Life, Ready to Serve, to guide our decision when selecting our youth of the year. Youths of the Year must model and demonstrate a healthy lifestyle, academic success, and service to the community.
All of the Youths of the Year from each of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, from Price Hill, to Clermont County, down to Covington, get together and tell their stories. Who they are, how the club has helped shape them, how they have given back to the club and the community. It’s a heart-warming event that truly showcases our young people’s resilience, dedication, and potential. The winner of the event is awarded a $20,000 dollar scholarship for college or trade school.
Ja’Maja was chosen because of his radiant and kind attitude, his willingness to serve our club and its members (helping younger members with homework, chaperoning fieldtrips, mentoring, etc.), and his passion and dedication to his craft in football and boxing.
"Personally speaking, Ja’Maja is one of the coolest kids I know. It’s quite rare that you can find a young person, especially in teenage years, so outside of themselves and interested in other people’s well-being. He is one of the most genuine young people I have ever met and I am incredibly excited to see where life takes him and to help support him on his journey. His bright mind, determined spirit, and kind soul is a beacon in our club community, and it was an absolute joy to rally around him and his family during this Youth of the Year season".
Director - MSU Boys and Girls Club
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati