Just a few weeks ago in July, first-year student Anaa Jibicho found himself on stage at a Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) celebration in Chicago accepting a very special award. Jibicho had just won the 2019 BGCA Midwest Youth of the Year title and a $40,000 scholarship.

在点亮的舞台和观众的热烈掌声可以使任何小将紧张,但jibicho有来自暂定的青春很长的路要走谁都没想到的有什么有趣以上 Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities 在圣。明尼苏达州圣保罗市。

今天,jibicho开始他在澳门皇冠的第一个学期,他打算主修 哲学,政治学和经济学(PPE)要能解决他的社区和国外的问题。他要解决这些问题,一个是他直接经历。

去年,jibicho共同创立 didomi,出售可重复使用的水瓶和捐赠的利润的一部分,以获得水项目,并在发展中国家消除浪费领域的公司。

原因是亲爱的jibicho的心脏 - 出生在埃塞俄比亚,jibicho的家人作出自己的方式向肯尼亚逃脱奥罗莫人正在进行的迫害。在肯尼亚的一个小的孩子,jibicho记得这是什么样的生活得不到清洁水和生活垃圾填埋场附近的作用。 didomi是他第一次激情的项目,以帮助消除这些问题。 

后jibicho的家人离开肯尼亚,美国,他们定居到ST保障性住房。保罗,其中6岁jibicho努力学习英语,因此,挣扎在学校。他的父母,谁不知道的语言或者,帮不了他。

“我的父母高兴的是,我在美国,而我是安全的,”他说。 “从没有做得很好的国家的,它是一个升级和你没有真正实现资源的缺乏。我很高兴在这个国家,但有喜欢学习语言,适应文化等问题。我在学校很难......即使我的父母在这里,我们一起离开的国家,我不得不这样做我自己。我几乎是从我区驱逐,甚至发现自己在某些警车的后面。”

它花了警察谁去超越,以帮助转向jibicho在另一个方向。 “我没有一个可以依靠的肩膀,直到警察找我们 - 我们一直在踢足球,他在中场休息时得到了我们,我们太累了,运行,所以我们只是在那里呆了......他给了我们一个来宾通行证在[男生女生]那天俱乐部,我们决定检查出来“。

Once he started going regularly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, Jibicho says he started trying to achieve things and became involved with his community.

“我人究竟是谁关心我,我有一个地方,我会犯错误,向他们学习,我不是犯错误街头,”他说。

At the Boys & Girls Club, Jibicho thrived in the environment. He, along with other young men, were taken under the wing of Terryl Brumm, president and CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.

Brumm says Jibicho took to heart what the Boys & Girls Club taught him. After helping to lead a mayoral forum for the city of St. Paul, Jibicho showed interest in continuing efforts to connect local leaders with youth. “He took that so seriously that he created his own corporate leader night in collaboration with his school. He made his own event to connect young people in his community with leaders in the corporate world.”

“He was nominated because he showed up and he did the work: he led, he created. He independently took the work of the Club and made it his own and transformed the environment here for other youth, which is the big part of why he’s made it to nationals,” says Brumm, who nominated Jibicho for the 2019 Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities Youth of the Year. From there, Jibicho went on to win the Minnesota State Youth of the Year competition and is now one of six youth moving on to the 2019 Boys & Girls Club of America National Youth of the Year title held in Washington D.C. this month.

In addition to his Boys & Girls Club awards, Jibicho is also a Bill Gates, QuestBridge and a Dell scholar. Brumm adds, “He’s the kind of person we want to be the next leader. You can say our world is going to be okay because of kids like Anaa.”

jibicho的意见,其他年轻人:“你从教室里,你的导师学到很多东西,而FRIENDS-不让它白白浪费。问问自己,你如何应用你所学到的知识来不管它是什么,到任何问题。因为如果你不这样做,谁都会?因此,挑战自己。当你面对一个没有挑战,使单或发现单,因为有很多了。”