The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket has named Providence Country Day School senior, John Batista, a 2017 Youth of the year. The honor is part of the national organization's signature program that aims to "foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy." In their advocacy of the program, the Boys & Girls Club acknowledges that "In the 21st-century world and workplace, leadership skills such as communication, goal-setting, and teamwork are essential for everyone—especially young people preparing to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood."
Launched in 1947, the nationally tiered recognition program begins at the local level, with clubs selecting their own stand-out members in order to promote the comprehensive development of young leaders.
Batista was recognized both for his contributions to his PCD school community, where he is a dedicated contributor in the classroom, on the basketball court, in his extra-curricular activities, and among his peers. At the club he is universally regarded as a respectful role model who "has shown leadership skills by helping the staff and other youth members whenever necessary. For John, it all comes back to helping others," said a statement from the Pawtucket club where he is a member. "Throughout everything he does, John focuses on how he can help in the moment, and how he can 'pay it forward' in return for any help he and his family may receive."