Gerald Williams is a senior at Franklin Military Academy in Church Hill, a short walk from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. Gerald has been a member of the Club for three years and noted that he has learned a lot and gained valuable experience while a member.
“I’ve learned a lot about leadership inside the Club,” he said. “The different programs and initiatives have helped me become a better person and more committed to supporting the children and staff here but also supporting my community.”
Gerald has participated in several programs while at the Club but notable has been the Keystone Club, a club for teens that provides opportunities for youth to participate in activities in areas of community service, academic success, career preparation, and teen outreach. “Participating in Keystone Club helped me to socialize with my peers and feel comfortable discussing important issues that many of my friends are facing,” he said.
As the 2016 Youth of the Year for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Gerald competed against other youth from Boys & Girls Clubs across Virginia and Washington, D.C. for the distinction of Regional Youth of the Year in early April.