Ridge View senior named Boys and Girls Clubs Youth of the Year

Jazmine Prince will receive a $2,500 scholarship from Colonial Life

With the hard work and dedication of local student Jazmine Price and her mother, and the support of school teachers and mentors at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands afterschool programs, the Ridge View High School senior is now on a path to mentor and support other young minds.

Jazmine Prince (Photo provided)

Selected from a group of outstanding nominees, Jazmine has been named the 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Youth of the Year. She will receive a $2,500 college scholarship from Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. She plans to attend S.C. State University to study art/dance education.

“Boys & Girls Clubs helped me learn how to be a leader and not a follower, and provided the classroom experience I need to become a future teacher,” said Prince, who was selected for her sound character, leadership skills and passion for the Boys and Girls Club (BGCM).

Prince started her journey with BGCM in the third grade at Killian Elementary School and continued through the eighth grade at Kelly Mill Middle School.  She spent her afternoons in the BGCM program completing homework, and playing indoor and outdoor games. But she also found the afternoon program provided her special instruction when she needed help, as well as activities to develop her dancing and art.

“They were there to help her and put in the time to help her improve,” said her mother, Lois Prince.

Once she entered high school, Prince began volunteering her time helping younger students in the afternoon programs. She now works as a program aide at the Rice Creek Elementary School’s Be Great Academy. Some days, she’s quizzing students on spelling-bee words. Other days, it’s helping them on their multiplication tables.

“We could see the greatness inside Jazmine from the first time she came to our program and are honored to have helped her develop into the outstanding young women she has become,” stated Carter Clark, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. “We are so proud of Jazmine for what she has already accomplished in her life and can’t wait to see what great things she will do next.”

Miles Johnson, the club’s director of teen services, said Jazmine’s story illustrates the organizations motto: “Great Futures Start Here.”

“She was already great when she came to us,” Johnson said. “We just gave her opportunities and guidance to discover that truth for her herself.”

This spring, Prince will compete against other Boys & Girls Clubs members from across the state to become the South Carolina BGCA Youth of the Year and win additional scholarships.

The Colonial Life scholarship is part of a grant for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ Be Great Academy program.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands supports so many children and families across the region,” said Marie McGehee, community relations manager at Colonial Life. “Supporting such a great educational organization that helps young women like Jazmine grow and develop is at the core of our company’s community mission.”