Ebony Fagan picked as Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of the Year


IMAG0060The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster is proud to announce that Ebony Fagan was recently chosen as the Club’s Youth of the Year, and had the opportunity to represent the organization at the recent state competition.

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s way of recognizing members who embody the values of leadership service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.

The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster strives to impact its members by creating a safe environment for children to learn and play outside of school, and provide enriching activities that act as both an educational experience and a way to keep children away from drug abuse and similar situations. Programs such as Keystone, Career Launch, homework and tutoring, and college field trips have been instrumental in providing guidance and helping members recognize their strengths and abilities and reach their full potential as future leaders. Because the club has been a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math)- focused organization since 2009, volunteers and staff facilitate activities in everything from the robotics to the arts to sports with the goal of drawing kids in, teaching them valuable life skills, and having fun in the process. Ebony was one of many members to have benefited from the club programs.

Ebony has been an instrumental part of the Bruce Lawrence Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster for the past three years. Since becoming a member in 2012, Ebony has demonstrated leadership, consistency and dedication to her club. She is currently the president of the teen leadership program, Keystone, and helps to coordinate community service and fundraising projects throughout the year. Ebony, a junior at Fitchburg High School, is an excellent student who maintains honor roll and is committed to her education, as demonstrated through her perfect high school attendance record. She is a club ambassador, and she is always ready to volunteer her time when the club is in need of assistance.

To be a chosen as a candidate for the state Youth of the Year competition, members like Ebony were required to complete three separate essays on a variety of topics, including detailing their vision for America’s youth and explaining what the club meant to them. In addition, they needed to collect letters of recommendation from several of their mentors¬†and leaders and create a speech to be presented to judges at the state competition. Ebony completed these requirements and brought her portfolio to Boston, where she competed against the other 36 Massachusetts Youth of the Year candidates.

Ebony attended the two-day conference accompanied by Executive Director Donata Martin and Teen Director Jon Blodgett. BGCFL board member Richard Flannagan was in attendance as well, serving as one of the 14 local dignitaries and prominent community members throughout the state chosen to be judges.

At the competition, Ebony and the other candidates spent a day doing a community service project at the Pine Street Inn in Woburn before traveling to Boston the following day for the competition. Once in Boston, she had the opportunity to give her speech to the state Youth of the Year judges before touring the State House, attending a college informational panel and discussion hosted by Emerson College students, and enjoying the celebratory dinner sponsored by the 99 Restaurant and Disney. Though the day was busy, it was an enriching experience for all the candidates.

The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster is honored to have outstanding members like Ebony. She is a remarkable young woman, and the BGCFL is proud to have named her as their 2015 Youth of the Year.