HYC member to become face of Cleveland campaign
Ten-year-old Xavier Harris, a member of the Heights Youth Club, has been chosen to participate in the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland “Save our Kids” capital campaign. He is one of three new spokespersons who will appear on billboards and leaflets throughout Cleveland to raise funds for the clubs.
Harris was chosen because of his commitment, participation and dedication to the Heights Youth Club, where he has regularly attended and participated in activities during the past four years. He is a member of the Torch Club, a youth leadership program which encourages volunteering that benefits local residents in Cleveland Heights, such as delivering the Heights Observer. He was captain of the flag football team, played shooting guard on the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland’s championship basketball team and is a member of the Young Gentleman’s Club at Boulevard Elementary School, which he attends.
“I play a lot of games, meet new friends and have a lot of fun,” Harris said of his time spent at the club. Roscoe Morgan, club director, described Harris as “a well-mannered young man and a definite future leader in the Heights area.”
Marcus Hilson, assistant director, said that since he has attended the club, Harris has grown into a leader. When Harris was asked to explain how it makes him feel to have been chosen for the campaign, his face lit up with a big smile, he raised his hands and said, “I will feel famous.”
The Heights Youth Club, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, focuses on development in academic success, character, citizenship and healthy lifestyles. The club’s mission is to “provide high quality programming that allows the children of Cleveland Heights to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring adults.” It currently has more than 350 youth members and has served more than 1,400 youth since opening in 2007.
There are many ways to support the Heights Youth Club and its mission. If you would like to volunteer, contact Roscoe Morgan at 216-321-2582. If you wish to donate, send gifts to Heights Youth Club, 2065 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 44118, or visit www.heightsyouthclub.org. If you are interested in advertising space or ticket information for the June 11 Taste of the Heights event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louise Khayat is administrator for the Heights Youth Club Board of Directors.