On Tuesday, April 13th, Gateway High School Club member Deejay T. was selected as the 2021 California Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Deejay competed with eight other Youth of the Year from across California for the State-wide title. Deejay now advances to compete for the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs on May 12 and will receive additional college scholarships at that level. Five regional winners plus a Military Youth of the Year will continue on to Washington, D.C. in September 2021, to compete for the title of National Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Deejay carries a 4.3 GPA and intends to graduate from high school this spring, with plans to attend a four-year college in the fall to pursue a degree in computer science. He currently holds acceptance letters from nine colleges.
Deejay credits skilled and caring Boys & Girls Club staff, his teachers, and his involvement with the Club as key aspects of his fulfilling Boys & Girls Clubs experience at the Gateway High School Club. Highlights of his time at the Club include: The Burl Toler Scholars, a teen leadership program, career exposure events, a weekend retreat to BGCSF’s Camp Mendocino and of course, the Youth of the Year program.
“Before going to the Club, I was a kid who was scared to take risks or try new opportunities,” said Deejay. “But as I got more into the Club I really learned something valuable in being comfortable with being uncomfortable and taking initiative. Those things are what have helped me get this far now.”
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