Great Futures Start Here: Exceptional Belle Glade Teen Wins Youth of the Year Honor for
Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Inc.
Vainqueur Delome to Now Vie for State Title and Scholarship
West Palm Beach, FL (March 25, 2014) – Selected among several local outstanding youth, Vainqueur Delome will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Florida Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. As the new Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (BGCPBC), 18 year old Delome is a true example of an extraordinary young man recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.
Other outstanding teen nominees considered for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County award included Club winners Alexia Lyles-Murray of the Max M. Fisher Club, Samuel Mondesir of Florence DeGeorge Boys & Girls Club, Des’ree Day of the Neil S. Hirsch Club of Wellington, and Takera Brown of the Marjorie S. Fischer Club.
“Vainquer not only provides inspiration to the other Club members, he inspires the entire staff. His positive attitude is infectious and he is constantly caring for and encouraging his peers. He is just a joy to know,” said Tiffany Frederick, Club Director at the Belle Glade Teen Center.
Delome credits the Club with teaching him real life skills, healthy habits and sky-rocketing grades. He says the Club has assisted his family many times when in need, and is a safe place where he can be himself. “The Boys & Girls Club is like my second home. It is the place that’s shown me I have true potential,” says Delome.
Delome attends Glade Central Community High School, where he maintains a 3.66 GPA and even earned 21 college credits while dual enrolled at Palm Beach State College. He is in the top 15% of his class and attends all advance placement and honors classes. He currently serves as a junior staff member at the Glades Boys & Girls Club, and as an employee for Rise and Shine, distributing fresh fruit and vegetables to locals every two weeks. He is an ambassador for his Club, and enjoys tutoring and assisting other students and his own siblings with their homework.
Delome is an active community volunteer, logging over 350 volunteer hours in the last 12 months. He participated in the James Lee Foundation of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to support the “Stop the Violence” march, and was chosen to attend the 26th annual youth violence conference of Palm Beach County. He built a local garden with other peers called “soil of prosperity” and was involved in the 2012 Youth Summit. As part of the Youth Empowerment Center and of course his local Boys & Girls Club, Delome helps keep his community safe and healthy. He is also the scripture reader each Sunday at the St. Phillip’s Church in Belle Glade.
Delome was accepted to multiple Florida universities, and tentatively plans on attending Florida International University to major in criminal justice and/or computer engineering.
If Delome wins at the Florida state competition, he will compete for the title of Southeast Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs
Founded in 1971, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is a not-for profit youth development organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health leadership and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment. The Clubs provide more than a safe, fun and constructive alternative to being home alone – they offer a variety of award-winning developmental programs to help youth build skills, self-esteem and values during critical periods of growth. The thirteen Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Palm Beach County serve more than 6,000 children ages 6-18. For more information, please visit www.bgcpbc.org or call 561-683-3287.
About Tupperware Brands
Tupperware Brands Corporation is a portfolio of global direct selling companies, selling premium innovative products across multiple brands and categories through an independent sales force of 2.6 million. Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and beauty and personal care products for consumers through the Armand Dupree, Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics and Nuvo brands. For more information, log onto www.tupperwarebrands.com.