Olivet Boys & Girls Club is proud to introduce not one, but two Co-Youths of the Year! Meet Olivia Enslin and Roberto Jafet Jaime. 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 71st year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.
Olivia and Jafet both volunteer as members of the Olivet Boys & Girls Club AmeriCorps, a national service program dedicated to engaging individuals in meaningful service to address unmet community needs. The focus of the program is education and enhancement of our after-school program initiatives for youth ages 6-12. As AmeriCorps members, they complete 450 hours of community service during the school year which includes providing homework help, tutoring and mentoring youth, implementing a reading enrichment program, and serving as positive role models. By participating in the AmeriCorps program, they receive biweekly living allowances and will each receive a $1,500 education award that they can use towards college tuition/expenses upon completion of service hours.
Olivia was recently selected as a Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) Afterschool Champion in the Youth Category for her exemplary commitment, dedication, and outstanding work in supporting meaningful high quality afterschool/out-of-school time (OST) for children and youth in her community. She is a senior at Muhlenberg High School. After graduation, she will attend York College and study Forensic Chemistry.
Jafet is a senior at I-LEAD Charter School. He is an aspiring artist, having proudly displayed his work at this year’s West Reading Art Festival. Jafet has even sold some of his work at the summer New York City Art Expo. Jafet served as the Keystone President for the Olivet Boys & Girls Club from 2016-17.
“Olivia is among the best and brightest of her generation and a true star. She maintains a positive attitude and always carries a captivating smile. Jafet is a talented young man and an excellent choice for this honor. His winning personality makes it clear that Jafet exhibits true leadership qualities that will take him far in life” said Allen Reese, President and CEO, of Olivet Boys & Girls Club.
These young adults truly exemplify Olivet’s mission, “To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as healthy, caring, productive, responsible citizens.” Congratulations Olivia and Jafet!