Alex joined the Warner & Shirley Gabel Boys & Girls Club when he was just 6 years old and he credits the club with building his sense of belonging and self-esteem. This year, Alex was elected Vice President of Keystone and was recognized as a top performer at the State Conference. Over the years, Alex has participated in many of the club’s signature programs and now he’s helping to develop a chess club for other members at Gabel. He recently won a competitive Teen Chess Tournament. This young man is a prime role model for his peers. He’s intelligent, respectful, passionate, and loyal.
Q. What’s your favorite thing about attending the Club?
A. I can feel a sense of belonging at the Club and it makes me no different from anyone else. I can feel acknowledged and appreciated when I enter the Club. I am no longer an outsider.
Q. What activities or programs are you a part of at the Club?
A. The activities and programs I am a part of our Keystone, Leaders in Training, Passport to Manhood, Healthy Habits, Flag Football, Volleyball, Basketball, OJP, and Teen Court. I’m also developing a Chess club and teaching other members to play.
Q. How has the Club helped you in other aspects of your life – school, at home, sports?
A. The Boys & Girls Club has given me opportunities like no one has given me in life so far. I had the chance to do things I would never expect to accomplish in life. I have the courage to be myself.
Q. You were chosen as the 2017 Keystone Vice President. How do you feel about that? What does that entail?
A. My current position as vice president gives me the insight that I have the potential to anyone I want to be. I believe in myself. I’ve also completed more than 360 service hours for my community and I’ve enjoyed giving back.
Q. What advice would you give to younger kids about succeeding in life?
A. Stick to a goal in life. Have steps to prepare you for what you would like to accomplish. Work hard in achieving that goal.
Q. What are your future plans?
A. I want to be the best role model to my peers and younger club members, to continue my education after high school and reflect on the success that I have achieved throughout my child-hood.
Alex is a sophomore at North High School.