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Great Futures Start Here: Exceptional Perth Amboy Teen…

Joshua Bishop-Mbachu

…Wins Youth of The Year Honor For Boys & Girls Club of Perth Amboy

Joshua Bishop-Mbachu to Now Vie for State Title and Scholarship—

Press Release – April 16, 2013—

PERTH AMBOY — Selected among several local outstanding youth, Joshua Bishop-Mbachu will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the New Jersey Youth of the Year title and a $20,000 college scholarship. As the first Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of Perth Amboy, 16 year old Joshua is a true example of an extraordinary young man recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

Throughout Joshua’s tenure at The Club, Joshua actively participates in many of the programs offered including but not limited to Power Hour, where he serves as a peer tutor, Keystone where he spearheads many of the community service projects, and Passport to Manhood, a group for boys which promotes and teaches responsibility through highly interactive activities, and engages young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior.

Joshua encompasses all traits that one can look for in a leader, and when it comes to serving his community- Joshua’s leadership skills truly emerge. Joshua constantly displays passion and enthusiasm for helping his neighborhood on a daily basis. From being a part of the Boy Scouts to being the President of the Step Up Community Service group at his school to recently being inducted into the National Honor Society, Joshua is determined to make a change in his community. He envisions the way he would like his community to be and works tirelessly in achieving this goal. He is always thinking of new ideas and projects and is able to successfully motivate his peers in his efforts. He inspires those around him to constantly challenge themselves and strive for change.

Joshua has earned a reputation as a hard-working, trustworthy individual who strives to excel in everything he does. He responds with courage when challenged to produce his best. In these past few years, our club has watched this young man develop both academically and personally into a mature individual ready in every way to take on any challenge set before him. Joshua is bright, energetic, compassionate and genuinely well rounded. His grades have been consistently above average in all of his courses. He currently has a 4.179 grade point average. He challenges himself by enrolling in Advance Placement as well as Honors Courses.

Joshua’s goal is to be accepted into Harvard University where he would love to pursue medicine. Unlike many other students who are not sure which field to pursue, Joshua has made clear to many that his goal is to become a pediatrician. Joshua’s desire and passion for helping others is beyond measure. Although Joshua’s long term goal is to become a pediatrician, there are other interests he would like to pursue as well. Due to his love for dancing he would love to open a dance school. Joshua’s thirst for encouraging others and helping people meet their desired goals has made him want to become a motivational speaker for youth, to inspire them to follow their dreams no matter how big or small they are.

If Joshua wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of Northeast Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., 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 up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

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