BOYS  & GIRLS CLUBS OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH OF THE YEAR 2018

Left to right: Don Michel, Vice Chair of the Board, Jayla Ellis and Special Agent in Charge, Tim Burke - Secret Servce

Jayla Ellis

Jayla has been a Club member since 2007 and has volunteered in both the summer and after school programs. She can be seen inspiring children in the Club on a daily basis leading her group through daily activities. In addition to her work in the Club, Jayla is a star athlete for the track and field team at Oakland Catholic High School. Jayla excels at the long jump and hurdles. Her enthusiasm and positive spirit has helped teach the youth at the Club that they can hurdle their obstacles as easily as she does on the track. She is currently a junior at Oakland Catholic and is looking forward to a career as a Chemical Engineer.

 

 

2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania's Youth of the Year Nominees

Left to right: Tyhir Royster, Olivia Cindrich, Quinton Moon, Denzel Poston, J.J. Harper, Ian Vano, Jayla Ellis, Jacob Scott


About our Youth of the Year

 

Olivia Cindrich - Carnegie Club 

Olivia has been a member of the Club for the past 12 years and has experienced every activity the Club has to offer.  She has participated in sports programs, started a reading program, tutored youth in the homework center, mentored youth in the after school program and has served as Summer Camp Counselor.  Olivia is a former Joe Gordon Youth Volunteer of the Year recipient. She is currently a senior at Carlynton High School. Whether at the Club, school, or on her hockey team, she is the definition of a leader.  As the first female to play for the Carrick Hockey Organization, Olivia displays determination and passion that other youth can follow. Olivia is the President of the Student Government and a member of the National Honor Society.   

 

Quinton Moon - Duquesne West Mifflin Club 

Quintin is a 7-year member of the Duquesne-West Mifflin Club. He is a young man with a giant personality that makes him stand out in a crowd. Quinton is always the first member to get involved in new programs and encourages others to participate. Quinton stays busy in the Club by participating in numerous programs including Flag Football, Basketball, Be Great (career awareness financial literacy program), Smart Moves (drug and alcohol prevention program) and community holiday programs. Quinton utilizes his leadership skills working with the younger members, helping them with homework and rotating throughout the various Club activities. Whenever the Club needs an ambassador, Quinton is up to the task. The Club is fortunate to observe his leadership skills on display daily. 

  

Denzel Poston- Estelle S. Campbell Club 

Denzel is an 11-year Club member and spent his early years hanging out in the game room, receiving homework assistance and participating in the Club’s Basketball program. Denzel’s love for the Club led him to participate in the counselor in training program.  Denzel gives back to the Club by mentoring youth in the After School Excellence Program and coaching younger members in the Dapper Dan Basketball program.  Denzel’s passion for the Boys & Girls Club inspired him to integrate his schoolwork with the Club by completing his internship learning Sports Management.  After graduating from City Charter High School, Denzel is looking to pursue a career in Fashion Design.

 

 John "J.J." Harper - LaRosa Club of McKeesport

J.J. is a 10-year member of the LaRosa Club and is following in the footsteps of his siblings who both attended the Club.  He is a senior at McKeesport High School, has been a mainstay on the Honor Roll, and has perfect attendance. J.J.’s leadership skills are on display as the starting quarterback for the McKeesport Varsity Football team as well as starting point guard on the Tigers’ basketball team. He was a first team all-conference selection in both football and basketball. J.J. has participated in Dapper Dan Sports and now serves as a coach and referee. J.J.’s quiet and confident demeanor rubs off on all of his peers and friends. He is a true leader who leaves his mark on everyone he meets.

 

Ian Vano- Northern Area Club 

Ian has been a Club member since the age of 8.  Ian’s first experience at the Club was attending summer day camp. Ian went on to participate in Be Great (career awareness financial literacy program), Torch Club and Movie-Making Club. He has helped with fundraising events, holiday carnivals and the spaghetti dinners.  Ian has devoted his past two summers working with young people in Summer Camp to give them the wonderful experience he had that led him to becoming so heavily involved in the Club. Ian also shares his wisdom and energy volunteering at Reserve Primary helping with the Fall Festival and Candy Carnival. Ian continues to show the youth at the Club what it means to Be GREAT

 

Jayla Ellis - Shadyside Club

Jayla has been a Club member since 2007 and has volunteered in both the summer and after school programs. She can be seen inspiring children in the Club on a daily basis leading her group through daily activities. In addition to her work in the Club, Jayla is a star athlete for the track and field team at Oakland Catholic High School. Jayla excels at the long jump and hurdles. Her enthusiasm and positive spirit has helped teach the youth at the Club that they can hurdle their obstacles as easily as she does on the track. She is currently a junior at Oakland Catholic and is looking forward to a career as a Chemical Engineer.

 

Jacob Scott - Sto-Ken-Rox Club

acob has been a Club member for the past 12 years and is currently a senior at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Jacob plans to attend Slippery Rock University to study Business. Jacob has participated in the Money Matters Program learning budgeting, saving and investing. He helps younger members and monitors their progress in school. He has taken on a larger role at the Club in the past year planning special events and seasonal parties for all members. Jacob’s football schedule keeps him busy, yet he still finds the time to be active at the Club on a daily basis. Jacob has a true appreciation of what the Club means to his community.

 

Eat' N Park Hospitality Group and Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Dapper Dan CharitiesYouth Athlete of the Year

 
 

Jackson Blaufeld

Jackson’s journey with our Dapper Dan Sports Programs began in third grade where he developed a passion for basketball. His early high school career at Taylor Allderdice began as a starter and leading scorer.  Through a series of national tryouts, he earned a roster spot as the youngest member of the 18U Maccabi-USA basketball team.This is the third-largest international sporting event behind the Olympics and FIFA World Cup, and Jackson led the team in scoring. He has participated in Dapper Dan sports as a referee and assistant coach. He has dedicated time during the summer as a camp counselor at the Clubs.

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2018 Joe Gordon Youth Volunteer of the Year 

 
 

Tyhir Royster

Tyhir is an eight year member of the Sto-Ken-Rox Boys & Girls Club. He has volunteered at the Club for the past three years. The two-time youth of the month recipient has been instrumental in helping out at the Club with organized games inside the Club as well as on the outdoor play area. For the past two years, Tyhir has excelled in the Counselor in Training program.  He is a leader and role model in the Club that all kids gravitate toward, and he has helped plan special events such as the Halloween and Christmas parties. Tyhir stands out at the Club while juggling his responsibilities at Central Catholic where he is a member of the Baseball team. He is the role model the kids deserve and a member that makes the Club a special place. 


 

 

 

 

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