RaymondCampbell, 17, from the Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys & Girls Club in Delray Beach was recently selected as the 2013 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and placed 2nd in the in the statewide competition of the 30 finalists which was held in Fort Lauderdale on April 14th. The Youth of the Year competition is a national Boys & Girls Club of America program, which enables local organizations to select one exemplary teenager to compete locally, by state, regionally, and finally against other youth from Clubs throughout the United States as well as from military base Clubs throughout the world for the title of National Youth of the Year. Raymond, an honor roll student from the Village Academy, has been attending the Boys & Girls Club in Delray Beach for the past 10 years and competed against four other youths selected from nearly 900 teens who attend one of the 13 Palm Beach County Boys & Girls Clubs. Raymond, who grew up in a single parent household with limited means, is truly a shining example of what the Boys & Girls Clubs stand for,” said Mary O’Connor the organization’s President & CEO. “Not only is he an excellent student, he is dedicated to helping others at the Club, in school, and throughout his community. Raymond has logged more than 957 community service hours helping with events such as tutoring youth at the Club, helping out at the Caring Kitchen, participating in the Relay for Life-Walk for Cancer, and volunteering in the Athletic Department at his school and those numbers don’t even begin to reflect all the time he spends helping his mother care for his younger sister and grandfather. He is truly a joy to be around and Palm Beach County could not have a better representative,” she added. In addition to his school and Club commitments, Raymond also writes poetry and has been writing for the Delray Beach Tribune. Upon graduation, he plans to attend college and hopes to be the first member of his family to obtain a bachelor’s degree and from there, a Master’s of Science in Nursing. Raymond calls the Boys & Girls Club in Delray Beach his home away from home, “To some, who don’t attend the Boys & Girls Club, it may seem like a place for little children and not teens; however, I am proof that it is a place for teens because through it, I have found friends my age and a family that cares about me just as my own family does.” he said. The Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County is the largest facility-based, youth development organization in the county and provides services to nearly 7000 young people between the ages of six and 18 each year. The Clubs are open during the critical hours after school and all day during school breaks and offer youth a host of academic, social, physical, and preventive programs to help them succeed in school and in life. For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County please call 561-683-3287.