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Garfield teen headed to state youth leadership competition

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Mark Espinoza will compete against other teens from throughout the state for a $1,000 college scholarship, and then possibly for national recognition, after being named Youth of the Year by the Garfield Boys & Girls Club.

Mark Espinoza is flanked by Boys & Girls Club CEO Paul J. Casey and President Louann Visotcky

Mark, 17,  is “a true example of an extraordinary young man,” one with “sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community,” said Paul J. Casey, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Garfield.

The “Youth of the Year” program encourages members of the club “to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities,” Casey noted.

Mark has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield for seven years and has volunteered with several organizations in town. He’s an active member of the group’s Keystone Club, dedicated to leadership and community service. He hopes to attend Rutgers for pre-med and eventually become a doctor.

Casey noted that Mark is “a stellar student who takes the time to enjoy his education and is proud to be a part of the Math Honor Society.”

If he wins at the state competition on May 22 in Trenton, Mark will compete for in the Northeast Region Youth of the Year competition, which carries an additional scholarship.

Five regional winners then advance to Washington, D.C., and the September competition for the ultimate title of National Youth of the Year — an achievement that carries with it a meeting with the president at the White House.

MORE INFO: (973) 478-7662

Since 1959, the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield has served more than 1,500 multi-ethnic children ages 6 to 18 each year, enabling them to realize their full potential. The group belongs to a national network of 4,000 neighborhood-based operations under the Boys and Girls Clubs of America , which serves more than 4.6 million young people annually in all 50 states and on U.S. military bases worldwide.

Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach.






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