Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury
announces Local Youth of the Year
– Congratulations, Jacob Schaaf!
The Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury is excited to announce the winner of its 2016 Youth of the Year Contest, Northridge High School sophomore Jacob Schaaf. Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for its members. Local competitions are held at clubs nationwide and competitors advance through local, county, state, and regional contests, hoping for a chance to compete on the national stage in Washington, D.C.
As winner of the Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury’s local contest, Schaaf represented the Middlebury Club at the Elkhart County Youth of the Year competition in Goshen on February 8. Although he did not advance past the county level, he will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury for post-secondary education.
Youth of the Year award recipients complete a rigorous application process and interview, and are evaluated in the areas of academics, character and leadership, and service to the community.
About Jacob Schaaf
Years as a Boys & Girls Club Member: 9
Personal Motto: “If a problem knocks you down, you can always pick back up.”
Extracurricular Activities: Keystone Club, Science Olympiad, Marching Band
Community Service Projects: Seed to Feed Potato Harvest, Loveway Horse Stables volunteer, Middlebury Food Pantry volunteer
Club Experience: “The Boys & Girls Club has taught me to be more of a leader. I am now able to talk more confidently and in front of large groups of people. Even though they probably don’t know it, the Boys & Girls Club has helped me move past my hard times.”
Vision for America’s Youth: “I want to help other teens understand that going to college and putting in the hard work will pay off and help them reach their dream goals.”