When two nonprofits collaborate and work together, more people in the community are served. This idea, to bridge organizations and provide youth with more resources, is one reason Arvin Frazier III, College Possible Omaha Executive Director, was selected as this year’s Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ Man & Youth Award.
“Mr. Frazier made it a point to create a bridge of opportunity for both Boys & Girls Club members and College Possible participants. It has been a partnership where all youth benefit,” said Jermaine Jones, BGCM Vice President of Community and Scholarship Outreach. “Mr. Frazier has always embraced meaningful community partnerships as long as students were to benefit.”
Arvin was recognized during the Youth of the Year dinner Nov. 20 at the Creighton University Harper Center. The Man & Youth Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary support for the Boys & Girls Clubs programs and members.
College Possible staff facilitates college talks at Boys & Girls Club sites and students enrolled in College Possible are offered a Boys & Girls Club membership.
“Working with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands to better serve students is an honor, and by building strong partnerships, we provide students in both programs with a combination of tools and resources to help them succeed,” Arvin said.
Seven youth who have risen above challenging circumstance and distinguished themselves at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands were also recognized at the dinner. The Youth of the Year is a leadership program for high school juniors and seniors, selected based on moral character, community involvement, academic achievements, Club membership tenure and strength in perseverance and persistence.
Pictured: Arvin Frazier III, left, accepts the Boys & Girls of the Midlands Man & Youth Award during the 2019 Youth of the Year dinner with BGCM President and CEO Ivan Gilreath.