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Video: Joel's Story

Joel, physically abused by a family member as a young child and bullied in elementary school, lived a life of anguished silence, until, one day, a staff member at the Boys & Girls Club in Napa asked: What’s wrong?

From elementary school through high school, the staff at the Boys & Girls Club helped Joel find his voice, a voice that said, "I matter."

Today, Joel is mentoring other children at the Club and was named 2019 Youth of the Year by Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.