Lancaster Club members Juelz Wiggins and Ta’Leyiah Elmore, and Northumberlamd Club member Jamia Fauntleroy have been named the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck’s youths and teen of the month for July.
Juelz, 10, attends Lancaster Middle School, loves baseball and basketball and says his goal is “to be able to make a halfway shot in basketball!” According to Lancaster Unit Director Wardell Carter, he was selected for being kind and respectful of both staff and fellow Club members.” Juelz himself believes he was selected for being “a good kid.”
Ta’Leyiah is 13 and will be entering the ninth grade at Lancaster Middle School. She has been a club member for only a year but, according to Teen Director Ulysess Turner, “She has already distinguished herself for having a great attitude and contagious joyful spirit.” At the club she takes part in the Teen Chef Program, the Art Program, and is a cheerleader. At school she is a member of the school band, the softball team, and BETA Club. She volunteers at RW-C teaching residents to use technology and attends Beulah Baptist Church where she is a member of the youth choir, praise dance and drama ministry. Her goal is to become an attorney and to work in social services. She says, “I like being at the Club and all the activities and field trips that they have. I’m just here, being me… It’s good to be recognized.”
Jamia, 6, will be entering the first grade at Richmond County Elementary School. She was selected for her positive attitude and willingness to engage with other members. She is respectful of all and loves to stay active—with ping pong and swimming this summer, and with painting at school. “At the moment,” says Northumberland Unit Director Dominique Pugh, “Jamia can see herself in a store management position when she is older. She says she is happy to have been chosen and believes this is because she is respectful and follows directions.”