Youth of the Year

2016 Youth of the Year
Ibrahim Toure demonstrates the character, leadership, and academic achievement that epitomizes the Youth of the Year program.  He joined the Boys & Girls Club shortly after moving to Jersey City when he was 14.  Ibrahim was primarily raised outside the United States living in five different countries including his family's homeland, Guinea.  As a result, English is his third language (behind French and Susu, a dialect of Guinea). Despite that obstacle, he is ranked #1 in his senior class of 300 at Ferris High School in Jersey City.
 
In high school, Ibrahim is his school's valedictorian, a member of Aspira, the Student Council, serves as Vice President of the National Honor Society and is Captain of Ferris' Varsity Soccer Team. At the Boys & Girls Club, he was the President of the Keystone Griffins, a UPS Road Code Ambassador and a junior staff member. As a Keystoner, Ibrahim helped to get legislation enacted in NJ, the Boys & Girls Club Keystone Law (for which our youth received the National Keystone Program Award in 2015), and helped initiate and coordinate Our Lives Matter Youth Town Hall, a forum for over 100 high school students throughout Jersey City. He has also participated in numerous community service initiatives including food drives, helping to renovate Women Rising's facility, and mentoring younger youth.

Ibrahim has received scholarships including Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey finalist, Capital One, and AT&T that will be used to further his education at Rutgers University. As Ibrahim says, "My Club is my GPS and it has navigated me toward my future goals of becoming an engineer and a government official to continue improving lives. Furthermore, it has prepared me to overcome adversity and allowed me the freedom to be me."

 

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