This profile is the first in a series of four featuring our Youth of the Year Finalists. To learn more about our Youth of the Year Program and how we select a winner, you can visit last week's blog post here.
Amere Langley is a renaissance man. He is successful in many areas of his life including sports, academics, and music.
Amere could probably do this on the first try.
At 16-years-old, Amere is the youngest of our Youth of the Year Finalists, but he has the presence of someone older. In the past few years he has faced great loss with the passing of his grandfather and great-uncle. Despite only seeing his grandfather four or five times a year, he had an incredible impact on Amere. After his passing in 2014, Amere struggled with guilt, wishing he had spent more time with his role model. One year later in 2015, his great-uncle passed away leaving Amere heartbroken. It was during this time that Amere really understood the saying "you don't know what you have 'til it's gone."
Amere feels extremely lucky to still have his father in his life, but also feels that he has family at his Boys & Girls Clubs. He credits Program Director, Marc Lattimore, and former Unit Director, Mike Mullins, with putting him on the path to success.
It is clear that Amere found that path and has stuck to it. Amere is a sophomore and is already deeply involved in many extracurricular activities. He is a member of the Math Honor Society, runs on the track team, is Vice-President of the French Club, is in the honors choir vocal ensemble, and has an impressive 3.6 GPA while taking 2 AP and 3 Honors classes.
Amere also regularly participates in Boys & Girls Club activities at the Peninsula Unit, where he has attended since 2012. Roller skating, musical jump rope, and arts & crafts are some of his favorites, but going on field trips is the highlight of his experiences because he enjoys representing his Club while out in the community. He also represents himself well within the Club. As a graduate of the 1st annual YES Academy and 2nd annual Ready 2 Work program, Amere has learned career skills that make him a valuable Junior Staff member. He often assists in running programs for younger members and helps to serve EatSMART meals. Unit Director, Josh Goffigan, said "he is a leader and a role model for the younger kids and even kids that are his age."
In the future, Amere hopes to own a successful business. He is not yet positive about what he wants to study, but higher education is definitely in his future. He is interested in pursuing a PhD, however he has not decided on a subject. He’s leaning towards mathematics or business and said he would love to attend Harvard’s business school.
Do you think Amere will be our 2017 Youth of the Year?
You can meet our other Youth of the Year Finalists by following our blog. New biographies will be released over the following weeks.
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