On Thursday May 4, Darreus McCrea of the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club was honored at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware Youth of the Year Banquet. McCrea joined eight other young adults from across the state of Delaware to compete for the Delaware Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Award. These nine finalists were selected from more than 20,000 youth served by the Boys & Girls Clubs in Delaware.
A senior at Milford High School, Darreus McCrea has been a member of the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club since 2000. He enjoys volunteering at church, at the Club and is an avid athlete. Darreus volunteers with his church’s video ministry and is active in youth group. At the Club, he participates in Triple Play Healthy Habits, volunteers with the CATCH health and nutrition program and serves as a summer youth worker and volunteer. Darreus plays football, wrestles and is on the track team at Milford High School.
He has been accepted at the Art Institute of New York and Pennsylvania and wants to attend Penn State to pursue his dreams of becoming an animator with the Walt Disney Studios.
“The Boys & Girls Club has taught me about leadership and responsibility,” commented Darreus. “It has been a great environment for me and has really showed me what I am capable of.”
As the staff of the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club looked to nominate their Youth of the Year they looked for a member with character, sportsmanship and leadership qualities. Darreus immediately rose to the top and was given the opportunity to prepare for the statewide title.
“He has a stellar character and is a very consistent, strong leader,” commented Darreus’ mentor Ellen Gorrin. “He demonstrates so may qualities that help make him a role model for the younger kids at the club.”
At the banquet on Thursday, Governor Jack Markell, took the podium to congratulate the nine finalists.
“To all the nominees, your stories are absolutely inspiring,” stated Governor Markell. “To all of the individuals that had a part in shaping these individuals, thank you.”
At the awards ceremony Darreus was honored with the Friendship Award. The honor is decided by the nominees themselves and is given to the individual that embodies what it means to be a ‘Club Kid’. The winner of the Youth of the Year Award, Amani Clark, will compete for at the regional level and travel to Washington D.C. to compete for the National Youth of the Year.
“We are so proud of Darreus and his accomplishment,” commented Dorian Mendez-Vaz, Director of the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club. “He has set such a positive example for the Club and our younger children.”