Jordan Dean was selected as an outstanding youth in our community and has been named the Youth of the Year by The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Ga.
Submitted by Boys & Girls Clubs
The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 74th year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures.
Jordan will go on to contend for the Georgia Youth of the Year title and a $2,500 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“Jordan, a Club Kid since she was nine and now a youth employee, has a story of hope and one that needs to be shared with the world,” said Jessica Wells, CEO of BGCNG.
Jordan said, "Growing up, being the oldest of four girls has taught me that you sometimes have to put others before yourself. That created a passion in me for caring for others and led me to BGCNG.”
She continued, that a major issue in the world today is global child health. Studies show that more than 20 million children in the U.S. still lack sufficient access to essential healthcare. Malnutrition leads to permanent physiological damage which prevents a child from developing properly.
“Being a Boys & Girls Club member and older sister puts into perspective that we are the future and I want to better the future for myself and other youth. While working with the other BGCNG staff, and volunteering at nursing homes, I have worked with all different ages, but children seem to be my strong suit. While in high school I choose to take the healthcare pathway and once I realized how much I loved it, I have decided to combine the two things I love most, children and healthcare. That is why I want to become a pediatrician. I want to make a difference in the lives of children.”
As a junior in high school, Jordan has already completed all healthcare classes, been certified in CPR as well as Stop the Bleed, volunteered for Affinity Hospice, and she will be starting dual enrollment classes at a community college next semester in CNA.
“My plan is, my senior year, I will be able to finish the rest of my high school credits and completely enroll in the nursing program at Chattahoochee Technical College," she said.
If Jordan is named the Georgia Youth of the Year, she will contend for the title of Southeast Regional Youth of the Year who will receive an additional $20,000 college scholarship. Six finalists will advance to the virtual National Youth of the Year event in October 2021, to vie for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $50,000 and a brand-new Toyota Corolla.
The Youth of the Year program is supported by Toyota and Mondelēz. As the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, Toyota is committed to partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to ensure local Clubs provide life-enhancing opportunities for kids and teens to explore, develop and apply the essential skills they need to be successful in life and work. As the Lead Sponsor of Youth of the Year, Mondelēz International, will engage with local Clubs year-round to help foster a new generation of leaders prepared to live in and lead a diverse global economy.
Youth of the Year representatives are the workforce leaders, innovators and problem-solvers of tomorrow.