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BGCTRR Organization Updates
2023 Youth of the Year
Join us on Thursday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the Booker T. Washington Theater as we crown one of our members with the highest honor a club member can receive, Youth of the Year.  
Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region’s premier youth leadership program, honoring extraordinary young people and their achievements in leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle.  This year-round program recognizes, cultivates, and celebrates Club Members’ leadership potential. Applicants are required to provide three letters of recommendation that describe their experience and aptitude in terms of leadership, character, and service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. 

In addition, candidates are also required to write essays about their Club experience, their vision for America’s youth, and what they strive to stand for in the minds and hearts of those who know them, i.e., their brand as individuals and leaders. After the preliminary judging of exceptional candidates, finalists are chosen to recite a speech and interview with a panel of judges. From there, the 2023 Youth of the Year will be chosen and will compete at the state level.

This is a free event. RSVP today by using the following link:
 For more information about the event, contact Desiree at ddolberry@bgcnec.org.
BGCTRR Upcoming Events
IGive 365 Society Social 
Join us at our Mix & Mingle on February 21st at Goat Island Bottle Shop from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The social includes networking, raffle drawings and light refreshments.

Please RSVP to Desiree at ddolberry@bgcnec.org by February 15th. We hope to see you there! Read More
Run for the RosesDerby Day
We are back… for the 4th Annual Run for the Roses Derby Day. Make sure to Save the Date for May 6, 2023! More information coming soon about the event. If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Desiree at ddolberry@bgcnec.org
BGCTRR Club News 
Club member selected for the Governor’s Page Program
Congratulations to our very own Princess Holmes! Princess was selected to participate in the Boys & Girls Club Week/Governor’s Page Program. Princess is our 2022 Youth of the Year Winner. Princess is a junior at Nash Central High School and has attended the Nashville Area Clubhouse as a member for six years. She is active in her school’s student government association and currently in the National Honors Society. 

Established in 1973, the Governor’s Page Program gives high school students from all over North Carolina the opportunity to come to Raleigh for a week of hands-on participation in their state government. During their time as a Page, students will be challenged to learn and develop in four key areas: civics, history, service, and Professional Development. All Pages are allowed to tour multiple government buildings during their stay and have the opportunity to meet with government officials and discuss how state government works and how it impacts the lives of North Carolinians.
Voting Begins in UScellular, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region  Eighth Annual Black History Month Art Contest 
To kick off Black History Month, we would like to share artwork created by our members. Every year UScellular has the Black History Month Art Contest with our organization. We are asking our community to vote for your favorite original art piece by using the following link or going by the local US Cellular stores in Rocky Mount: UScellular and UScellular

Link to vote: Voting Portal 

Our members received help from local Uscellular associates to create original artwork representing influential Black STEM icons. These included historical figures, world leaders, scientists and educators who have made vital contributions to the world of science, technology, engineering and math. Finalists were chosen by Club representatives based on creativity, quality, interpretation, clarity of theme and overall impression. Voting will remain open until February 28, and anyone 18 or older can vote for their favorite. The top three vote-getters will be announced in March and prizes include gift cards in the following amounts:

• $250 for 1st Place 
• $150 for 2nd Place
• $100 for 3rd Place

Make sure to click the link to vote or visit a local store! 
New Staff at BGCTRR
The goal is to serve more youth more often with greater impact in 2023. To do this, we have to make sure we have professional staff to help carry out our mission and vision. We are excited to announce we have two new staff members added to our team. We welcome two new team members to our organization, Phillip and Ande. Andre Berry is our new Academic Success Coordinator. Andre is a liaison between our local education system and community and school boards to develop pathways to help our youth reach their full potential. Phillip is our new L.E.A.D. (Leadership Engineering Achievement Development) Program Director. Phillip leads our programs centered around S.T.E.M. and entrepreneurship with programs such as Planet Mogul that teach the art of purpose, vision and goal setting via entrepreneurship. 
Andre Berry
Academic Success Coordinator
Phillip Jones III
L.E.A.D. Program Director
(Leadership Engineering Achievement Development)252.977.9924
What can $25 a month do?
For our club members, this gift will make sure he is at or above grade level and on track to graduate from high school. Through tutoring and homework help, access to technology, college and career readiness programs, and skill development, Clubs have an outstanding record of helping young people make academic strides. Our programs are designed to engage both the mind and body, leading our young people down a path of success.
Our clubs lift up our youth in their greatest time of need. These are the moments that add up to great futures. If you would like to invest in our youth, click the photo above.