ATLANTA, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 4 million kids across the United States were challenged by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Jeep® brand to answer the question, "What would you do in this big world if you could do anything you wanted?" The "Dream Adventure" Contest, a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Jeep brand, awards thrill-seeking youth with an adventure-filled "dream" for their Club.
"Boys & Girls Clubs of America believes in providing hope and opportunity for youth, and this contest is a perfect way to show our members that you can be rewarded for dreaming big," said Judith J. Pickens, Senior Vice President, Program & Youth Development Services for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "Fostering high expectations and cultivating the creativity of Club members is one of our top priorities and our Club professionals work diligently to ensure that our Clubs remain a fun and creative space for our youth."
To enter the contest, young people ages 6-12 shared illustrations and members ages 13-18 submitted 60-second videos describing their ultimate Dream Adventure. Four winners in each age group were selected based on criteria including creativity, visual impact and compelling title. The top four winners in each age group will receive prizes to enjoy with friends, family and fellow Boys & Girls Club members as part of a fun packed and adventurous day that will include inspiring guest speakers along with adventurous games and food.
"Like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Jeep brand believes it is essential to encourage today's youth - our future leaders - to dream out loud; and that with commitment and determination there is possibility," said Mike Manley, President and CEO - Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "The Jeep brand is proud of all the participants who submitted entries and we congratulate all of the grand prize winners as well as the Clubs who will enjoy the Jeep-themed events on behalf of their winner."
Grand prize winners from the 6-12 age category were:
- Mia Callaham, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Alma Area – Ray & Bernice Williams Unit; Alma, AR
- Mikayla Lillard, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis – Lilly Club; Indianapolis, IN
- Jeremiah McDaniel, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge – Sanville Unit; Bassett, VA
- Jocelyn Phillips, Beale Air Force Base Youth Center; Yuba, CA
Grand prize winners from the 13-18 age category were:
- Emanuel Barber, Union League Boys & Girls Clubs – Miguel A. Barreto Club; Chicago, IL
- Olivia Clay, Alexander Totman, Asha Urben, Nathan Butler; Boys & Girls Clubs of West-Central Wisconsin – Baraboo/Saulk County Unit; Baraboo, WI
- Brittney Kinnear, Sabrina Gannette, Miriah Van Putten; Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica – J.A.M.S. Branch; Santa Monica, CA
- Mireline Thermidor, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County – Everett Club; Everett, MA
The contest's call for entries was made on April 25, 2012, and the submission period concluded on May 23, 2012. Finalists were selected by a panel of judges from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The final choice among the top ten finalists was made by a panel of Jeep brand judges.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.
Built on over 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.
The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all six Jeep models are sold outside North America – and all are available in right-hand drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries around the world.
SOURCE Chrysler Group LLC