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Great Futures Start Here: Brent, Age 12
Brent is a kid who's going places. He introduces himself confidently, with a bright smile and an easy handshake. When asked if he's nervous about being recorded, Brent says, "No... I love to be in front of the camera. I'm a cheeseball!"

At just 12 years old, Brent has already accomplished quite a lot. He sings, dances, models, and acts. He’s also a natural athlete who's played basketball, baseball, football, and soccer. He loves the teamwork and camaraderie that happen on and off the field. He explains, ”When you play a sport, you can find so many things in common and you can make so many friends on your team!”

Brent was eager to talk about his love of music: "Singing has always been a passion for me. When I was a little kid, I used to find a music channel on TV and I'd dance around in my P.J.s and sing as loud as I could. When I got a little older, I realized that this is something I really want to pursue. This is something I want to do for a living." With that goal in mind, Brent is already working hard on his career - he’s appeared in TV commercials and magazine ads. He tells us that modeling and acting just came along with the singing and dancing, but that he loves getting the chance to be in the spotlight.

Brent also excels in school, especially in math, which is his favorite subject. He says he gets his love for math from his mother and sister, who are both great at it. But, Brent also spends an hour each afternoon at the Club doing his homework, so he gets plenty of time to practice his math problems.

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In fact, Brent has been coming to the Boys & Girls Club since he was 6 years old. Not only has he had the opportunity to get daily homework help, but he’s been immersed in a positive, caring environment where leadership is encouraged and character is built. Brent, like all Club kids, has been mentored by positive adult role models - he’s learned vital life skills like how to resolve conflict, how to stand up for himself, and how to respect and care for others.

"I have a lot of friends," says Brent with a smile. "I've been [at the Club] since I was in kindergarten and a lot of my friends are here too. I love coming to the Boys & Girls Club because I get to see all my friends, not just the ones who are in the same grade as me, but the ones who are older or younger than me too." Brent explains that the best thing about having close friends is that you never have to feel alone, you always have someone to be there for you, someone you can be your true self with.

Brent demonstrates his leadership skills as the student president of James Irwin Boys & Girls Club and as a member of Torch Club, the Club's community service group. Whether it’s helping school staff pick up trash and tumbleweeds, mentoring younger kids as a part of the “Little Buddy” program, or “being the voice for somebody who’s silent and standing up for kids who get bullied,” Brent knows that respect and kindness can go a long way in building meaningful relationships.

When asked what positive message he would send to other kids out there, Brent doesn’t hesitate for a second: “Be true to yourself,” he says. “Don’t let anyone try and change you… stick to the things you enjoy and do what your life’s dream is.”

We’re confident that Brent will do exactly that.