Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club is pleased to announce that Yaqarah Letellier of Glen Cove is the 2013 Louis M. Sanford College Scholarship recipient.
An AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society with several recognitions and achievements, it is without question Yaqarah Letellier is an outstanding student. The club found her commitment to education, thirst for knowledge and compassion for others made her the ideal candidate to receive this honorable scholarship, named for past Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Louis M. Sanford, who served the community and the Boys & Girls Club for more than 30 years.
Although only 17 years old, Yaqarah is already a true leader, one whose love of books led her to form a school book club. But that wasn’t enough for this passionate reader: To modernize the experience, Yaqarah applied for a grant to purchase Nooks for the book club. She is also captain of her Kickline Team and, along with her teammates, teaches young children the basics of dance and has raised money for many organizations including Habitat for Humanity, and to buy basic necessities for the homeless.
As one of 13 children, Yaqarah learned to be responsible and independent at a very young age, making her wise beyond her years. She has a great appreciation for community and is already giving back to Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club, an organization that provided support and guidance through her formative years. Yaqarah joined the club when she was 12 years old and often participated in the Power Hour homework assistance program. Now a model student herself, she volunteers at the club helping the younger members with their homework during Power Hour.
“Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club has been crucial in building me into the young woman I am today. The club gave me confidence by giving me the responsibility, purpose through employment, good memories through new relationships and a foundation on how to live my life through my experience here,” said Yaqarah. “It also helped me stand up to bullies by giving me the tools to deal with peer pressure.”
Yaqarah who will be attending Rutgers University this fall, also credits the club with guiding her through the college application process. “The club’s college tours were really eye-opening and more beneficial than the college brochures” she said. “I learned it’s not just about test scores, interviews and locations. There are many other factors and Teen Program Director Antoinette Edmonston was always there for me, advising and supporting me.”
Edmonston, along with the club board member and member of the Glen Cove Alumni for Youth Carla Hall D’Ambra, and Frank Mickens and David Hubbard of Glen Cove Alumni for Youth, chaperoned Yaqarah and other teen members to several area college campuses to assist members determine which university was best suited for their goals and needs.
“I think that these college tours are an amazing way to get our youth thinking about their futures. It gives them a feel for the kind of university they may want to attend and what each school has to offer,” said Edmonston. “More importantly, it helps our youth understand that getting a college education is a real option for them and not some far off dream that they can never attain.”
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club at Lincoln House has been serving the community since 1903 by providing a safe and caring environment that will inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. The club serves more than 700 youths, ages 6 to 18, in the Glen Cove community with a variety of after school programs in education, sports and recreation, dance, technology and art, all designed to enrich and enhance learning and build self-esteem. To learn more about Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club, please call Executive Director Melissa Rhodes at 516-671-8030 or visit www.glencovebgc.org.