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-- in today's installment of beyond the dream we take a look at five talented young people who represent the Boys and Girls Club of America.
In their role as youth of the year the highest honor a club member can receive.
Five brilliant teams walking with me in front of the White House a place they once thought they would only see from a distance.
But on this occasion these members of the Boys and Girls Club where the guest of president Barack Obama.
Who congratulated them on being recognize as youth of the year.
Is just so amazing.
It's actually I think feel like I've really come this far I've really done this much He really appreciate the yes and about mentors right.
-- mentors have -- him on his life and for the for all of us candidates like it was a golf club has been apartment -- He wrote an ar Wal-Mart -- -- the dream big dreams dreaming big as what these teens do.
And they have met with other big dreamers and achievers Denzel Washington LeBron James Ron Howard and -- shot to.
Well what good is a dream if you don't share with a you know that the great thing about giving us what you get back there I get.
So much from them it's it's is really selfish and wait there's more I give -- want to get.
-- look -- some of my childhood memories and -- -- -- coaches and I am mentors and -- have people around me.
And I don't need to -- to forward today so I think we're does that -- -- and we want.
As an American I'm I'm very upset when I realized with the poverty statistics are went.
What the numbers and percentages are standing in the world in relation to what percentage of kids go on -- higher education.
And it's the United States it's cheap it's frustrating makes me angry in yet you look at boys and girls clubs.
Insurers -- here's an organization's been doing it for a long time they're not just a place you go shoot hoops.
And I think wrong they're getting things.
-- and my very first talent show red entertainment it was -- them when call.
And it's just amazing how your life can touch someone else's you have a platform to speak so many young kids to -- great you just.
Really do start here I'm living -- I each of these teams have overcome obstacles that would have caused many to lose hope.
Hurdles like being homeless or living with one parent who wasn't always home or worse.
I grew up in poverty grew up in the projects in Arkansas.
My father with a drug -- He was almost -- the list that I as a martyr.
And -- -- from the heart of some of confidence or rehabilitation of senate.
All of those things happen but because -- the Boys and Girls Club I can stay here today when as -- in the bow -- the last month as you know by the -- small.
Everything a big role in my life because I had to step up from the big yes and arriving all wrong come from home football practice.
The students tell me overcoming their obstacles was never easy but achievable.
Because of their mentors at the Boys and Girls Club.
The Boys and Girls Club helped me more than not having a father to help me.
To be who I am today.
Great -- start here.
And I am aware of me and all the other use the of that -- this shining examples of that because they provide us everything.
We need my from the Soviet -- like the shining volleyed into the dark tunnel becomes breakfast muffins to go to college kind of -- so they really gave me and what they say in the whole.
To give -- where I am today.
All of them virtually a shining lights for all of -- on Mick Foley by the way it's -- national -- of the year is from Pittsburgh He overcame homelessness.
With the help of this current family in the Boys and Girls Club of America and like his colleagues He believes any child can develop a great feature.
Right there at the Boys and Girls Club.
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