2018-19 Northeast Youth of the Year
Club/Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Allentown, Pennsylvania
Member Since: 2006
Intended College/University: Lehigh University
Career Goal: Psychiatrist
“Challenges make life interesting; overcoming them makes life meaningful. Better an oops than a what-if.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Allentown has been a major influence on Jeramiah’s life, who began at the Club when he was 5. He still recalls how he didn’t make a single friend on his first day, but a Club volunteer took time to make him feel special. Now a Junior Staff member, Jeramiah brings happiness to kids in the Club.
Jeramiah works in the Club’s youth literacy program, helping younger members with reading and writing. The Club also fuels his passion for healthy living and physical activity. He is active in Triple Play, the Club health and wellness program, and also plays for his high school football team. Jeramiah’s vision for America’s youth is for young people to take a stand against drugs, poverty and violent circumstances they may face in their communities.
A high school junior, Jeramiah plans to attend Lehigh University to become a psychiatrist.