Greenwich resident to compete for title of Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of the Year

Matheus Chaves was honored by the Greenwich Boys & Girls Club for his community service.

Matheus Chaves was honored by the Greenwich Boys & Girls Club for his community service.

Connecticut Youth of the Year is a lofty title bestowed by the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich to an outstanding and well-rounded youth. This year, 17-year-old Matheus Chaves is in the running.

On April 17, he’ll compete with other Boys & Girls Club members for the state title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. As the selected Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Matheus has been called a “true example of an exemplary young man” recognized for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

According to the club, being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a member can receive. The Youth of the Year award recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles.

“Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs,” the club said.

“We are so proud of Matheus and all of his accomplishments thus far. He has exemplified the qualities of a young leader with his positive attitude and willingness to help others,” said Don Palmer, Director of Programs at Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich.

Matheus has been a member of Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich for eight years and has participated in a range of the Club’s programs including academic tutoring, stage crew for Club theatre productions and instructing technology programs.

He was a member of the Torch Club, a leadership and service club for members ages 11 to 13 and currently serves as the Treasurer of Keystone Club, a teen group dedicated to leadership and community service. Matheus is also a Clubhouse summer camp counselor and has been a lifeguard at the Club. His commitment to service does not end at the Boys and Girls Club. His community service activities include volunteering at Adopt-A-Dog, Greenwich Alliance’s Turkey Trot, various athletic events throughout Greenwich and visiting The Nathaniel Witherell.

At Greenwich High School, he is a Greenwich Alliance Representative, Names Day team member, a high honors student and a Freshmen Peer Mentor. He is also active as a junior varsity athlete and enjoys playing basketball, soccer, baseball, football and wrestling. After graduation, he aspires to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy and Athletic Training and serve in the Air Force.

“I am so grateful for being selected as Youth of the Year and am very excited to represent the Club that has changed my life and done so much for me,” Matheus said in a press release. As the recipient of this honor at Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, he hopes to lead by example in the coming years, “I want to continue to be a leader at the Club and show members what an honor it is to be a part of the family.”

If he wins at the state competition, he will move on to compete for the title of Northeast Region Youth of the Year, with an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands at stake. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September to compete for the title of National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President Barack Obama in the White House.

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