Shelton teen named to Boys & Girls Club’s national council


“Not only has the Boys & Girls Club helped to shape me as a person, they have also accepted who I am in the process.”

One Shelton teen has found a way to use the Internet for more productive purposes.

Fred Dapp, 16, a junior at Shelton High School, has recently been selected as one of 12 teenagers nationwide to be a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Teen Advisory Council. Nominated by staff at the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Fred will be responsible for serving as liaison between the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and local youth.

“Not only has the Boys & Girls Club helped to shape me as a person, they have also accepted who I am in the process,” said Fred. “I want to make other people feel the way the club has made me feel.”

He first became involved with the Boys & Girls Club in January 2012, when he came to the organization to fulfill community service hours required by Shelton High School. After volunteering for four months, Fred was compelled to stay involved.

“I love the positive energy of the club. It really feels like a family here,” Fred said.

Now, in addition to working part time as a counselor in the 6- and 7-year-old program, Fred is responsible for helping younger club members off the busses in the afternoon and also serves as the treasurer of the Keystone Club, the Boys & Girls Club’s youth leadership program for older teens.

Club staff noticed Fred’s commitment to the Boys & Girls Club and to its mission to enable all youth to become productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Fred has demonstrated his dedication to the mission by constantly going above and beyond what is expected of him for the sole purpose of bettering the lives of Club youth.

As part of the Teen Advisory Council, Fred is required to participate in monthly conference calls to serve as an ongoing link between BGCA and today’s youth. In addition to the conference calls, Fred is responsible for participating in an online forum regarding social networking and technology as it related to the youth of the community.

“We are incredibly proud of Freddy and all of his accomplishments,” said Shaye Roscoe, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. “He is truly an inspiration to all of our members. He is an extremely kind and thoughtful individual who exemplifies the true meaning of a leader. Freddy is truly an inspiration to all of us at the club.”

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