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Boys & Girls Club Of Lawrence County Teen Of the Year To Vie For State Title And Scholarship
Updated April 27, 2016 7:01 AM
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(BEDFORD) - Selected among several local outstanding youths, Justin Lemmons will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Indiana Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

The Youth of the Year program honors our nation's most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.

As the new Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County, 14-year old Justin is a true example of an extraordinary young man recognized by BGCA for his leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

Justin is an exemplary young man who has committed himself to the service of his community & and the empowerment of all young people to live healthy lifestyles," said Catey Reeves, Director of Operations for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County.

Lemmons has been an active member of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County for 6 years and is known around the Club as a competitive basketball player, humble sportsman, dedicated youth volunteer, and a role model to his peers. He maintains a 3.5 GPA, is active in BGCLC League basketball and dodgeball, regularly attends the Teen Center's after school programming and participates in Passport to Manhood, Triple Play, Power Hour, and volunteers his time in monthly community service projects.

Justin has never let the tragedies he has faced dull his joyful spirit. He uses the adverse experiences he has conquered as tools to educate his peers & as a personal catalyst to fuel his dreams of owning his own business one day.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported BGCA for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is committed to helping improve the quality of life in our communities, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring youth have access to a quality education. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a national education partner that has joined with BGCA to impact academic success among youth across the country, and the Taco Bell Foundation, BGCA's premier partner for teen empowerment.

If Justin wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of Regional Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2016, 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 $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit

About Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County

Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring & responsible citizens.

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

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