For Josh Wade 2017 has been a heavy year of loss within his family. He isn’t shy about sharing his story of struggles with depression, bullies and, most recently, losing his sister to a dating violence.
A Morgan County High School senior, Josh could have easily caved to the pressures of life’s unfortunate events, however, he praises the MMBGC for being the support system he has needed throughout his life.
Recently, Josh was selected as this year’s Youth of the Year for Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club and the award has truly touched his life.
“The phrase sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt you never lived in my neighborhood,” Josh said. I felt like I was never going to be anything. I was depressed, but I found my happy place. The club was my happy place. “
When Josh’s family member passed away due to domestic violence, he was devastated. But, he was quickly reminded what role the MMBGC club has played in his life for the past ten years.
“If I hurt the clubs hurts, he said. “MMBGC has helped me, guided me and praised me in my accomplishments. When I cry I knew I always had a shoulder – a big shoulder – and that shoulder is the club. “
I’m meant to be here, Josh said and that’s why he is the 2017 Youth of the Year for MMBGC.
“One day I want to give back to my community. I’ve learned that everybody gets judged and I just want to tell my peers, my family and my community to never give up. God will see you through.”
Josh has started a dating violence course at the local club, as he never wants anyone to experience the loss he has recently. He plans on attending college and pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.
Youth of the Year is a signature program of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Its purpose is to foster a new generation of leaders, full prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy.
For more information or to donate to the MMBGC, visit www.bgcncg.com. If you’d like to get involved please contact 706-342-1117.