JEFFREY JONES OF WAIANAE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB WINS 2016 STATE YOUTH OF THE YEAR AWARD; TATYANA SAMUELS NAMED NANAKULI BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB YOUTH OF THE YEAR


The program for the 03/30/16 Awards Luncheon at the Plaza Club.

  The NFL-YET Nanakuli Boys and Girls Club was also in attendance, and visited the Capitol before the awards luncheon. L-R: Claudia “Lala” Fernandez; Sen. Shimabukuro; Tatyana Samuels, and her grandmother and mother, Juliet and Veronica Malabey; and Kekoa Tupua.
Sen. Shimabukuro and Jeffrey Jones

 Jeffrey Jones was congratulated by Senator Brian Schatz (right) and other dignitaries.

I am thrilled to announce that Waianae’s own Jeffrey Jones won the State Youth of the Year Award on 03/30/16. Jones now goes on to the regional competition. It has been 10 years since a Waianae Boys and Girls Club member has won this honor. More information about Jones is in the news release below, published after he won the Oahu competition.

I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by Tatyana Samuels, who is the NFL-YET Nanakuli Boys and Girls Club’s Youth of the Year. Samuels is a 9th grader at Nanakuli High and Intermediate, and her goal is to become an attorney.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF HAWAII CELEBRATES POWERFUL STORIES OF INSPIRING YOUTH AT 2016 YOUTH OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON

Waianae High School Student and Clubhouse Member Jeffrey Jones Named Youth of the Year

HONOLULU, HI – March 7, 2016 – The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) announces Jeffrey Jones, Waianae High School student and Clubhouse member as its 2016 Youth of the Year. Jones received the accolade at the BGCH Youth of the Year celebration on Saturday, March 5, which is held annually to celebrate BGCH youth and their exemplary contributions to the community. As Youth of the Year, Jones received a scholarship and a chance to compete in the state Youth of the Year competition.

“Since joining Boys & Girls Club when I was seven, I have overcome obstacles such as bullying and bad influences,” said Jeffrey Jones. “The Boys & Girls Club helped me become a strong, motivated and confident leader and as Youth of the Year I hope that I can empower and help others.”

Jones, a junior at Waianae High School, was recently selected by the State of Hawaii as a delegate at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, which will be held this summer in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also being nominated for his school’s National Honor Society and is the historian for the Waianae Clubhouse.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii is proud to honor local youth such as Jeffrey, who have truly inspired our Club kids, volunteers and staff their leadership, dedication, and service to others said Tim Motts, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. “Through the Youth of the Year program, we witness firsthand the incredible impact Boys & Girls Club Hawaii has on our youth and in turn, the impact they have on our community.”

Candidates Jaelyn Belarde and Rendle Mones of Lihue and Ernesto Yoro of Ewa Beach joined Jones in delivering speeches on how they developed the values of leadership service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles through BGCH. Over 300 community supporters were in attendance at the luncheon.

As part of the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the annual Youth of the Year competition is a premier recognition program for exemplary Club members. Led by the Alliance Board, a group of young professional volunteers, the BGCH Youth of the Year program includes an essay writing workshop with the University of Phoenix, an interview workshop with Kumabe HR, a speech workshop with Manoa Valley Theatre and a competition at Punahou School.

Since 1947, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has hosted the Youth of the Year competition to help Club members prepare for greater futures. Twelve candidates from BGCH’s seven Clubhouses on Oahu and Kauai participated in this year’s Youth of the Year program

For more information, visit:

2016 Youth of the Year – News Release

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