Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach Announces 2015 Youth of the Year
2015-11-06 · By Jessica Pollack
On Tuesday, November 17th, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach will honor four members as part of the Youth of the Year 2015 Dinner. Kameron Brown, Miles Davis-Majors, Kalon Predium and Kiara Williams have all participated in Boys & Girls Clubs activities and while they are still in high school, they each have gone on to make a difference in Long Beach. One of these outstanding students will be named Youth of the Year.
Also being celebrated are “Dream Makers” Peter Rooney and Dr. Grant Uba. Their ongoing support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach allows the clubs to offer the after school and weekend programs that have helped develop these students into models for others throughout the Long Beach Community.
The dinner will be held at the Houssels Forum at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Tickets for the Dinner are available on the Boys & Girls Club website at http://www.bgclublb.org. Click on Events to go to the Youth of the Year page and ticket reservation page. BGCLB is proud to present this year’s Honrees.
Kiara Williams is a senior at Cabrillo High School. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach have been a part of Kiara’s life for almost 10 years. Having a difficult home life, she was able to find a second home at the Boys & Girls Club. She has been involved in various club activities and served in a leadership role as Secretary for Keystone at Westside Boys and Girls Club. Her leadership skills have extended beyond the Club to serve as Dance Captain at her school. After graduation, Kiara hopes to attend cosmetology school and pursue a career as a skin-care specialist.
Miles Davis-Majors has been attending the Boys & Girls Club for the last 7 years and he has dedicated his free time to organizing activities like flag football and basketball for teens and elementary students. Saturday mornings, he brings together 40-50 teens for Open Run an opportunity for basketball players to show up, alone or with friends, and sign up for organized, pick-up games. He also organizes staff games between the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club. Miles plans on attending a community college after high school in order to eventually get accepted to his dream school, USC.
Kalon Predium is a Senior at Cabrillo High School. He has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for 7 years. Kalon has dealt with many struggles throughout his life, including being bullied and experiencing homelessness. However, the Boys & Girls Club helped Kalon endure such trying times by providing him with a second home and family. Through programs such as L.I.T. (Leaders in Training), Kalon participated in various community services such as tutoring children and assisting group leaders. In his free time, Kalon enjoys dancing, watching anime, and drawing. When Kalon graduates from high school, he hopes to major in dance in college and pursue a career in the entertainment business through choreography.
A Junior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Kameron has been a member of Boys & Girls Clubs since the age of ten. Kameron grew up in a single-parent household and credits his mother for teaching him the importance of being kind to others, hard work and following his dreams, “no matter how big or unrealistic they may be.” He attributes the John C. & Alice Wallace/Petrolane Center for giving him a safe place to go where he can be himself and comfortable in his own skin. After graduation from Poly, Kameron plans to attend Arizona State University where he will pursue a degree in Broadcasting. His ultimate goal is to follow his dream of becoming a Sports Analyst and inspire others to follow their dreams.
Dr. Grant Uba practices family medicine with Health Care Partners in Long Beach. As a member of the Board of Directors, Dr. Uba participates in many activities to help the Boys & Girls Clubs and the children who participate at the centers. He is best known around the clubs as the creator of the annual Boardwalk Fundraiser. It started in 2011, when he raised money for the clubs by walking from San Luis Obispo to Long Beach. The following year, he challenged other BGCLB Board of Directors to join him. The event now features a walk along the Naples canals. These events have raised tens of thousands for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach.
Sares Regis Group has a long history of supporting BGCLB, a tradition Peter Rooney joyfully continues. His efforts have brought in much needed funds for the clubs and a wide variety of programs offered to Long Beach children through the Boys & Girls clubs. He and the BGCLB Dream Makers truly make it possible to have such amazing students from which to choose Youth of the Year 2015.
For more information on how you can attend the dinner visit the website at http://www.bgclublb.org.