"People Can Change"

By: Amanda Crawford Email
By: Amanda Crawford Email

A local high school student says his life is headed in a whole new direction thanks to the Boys and Girls Club.

He goes to school, volunteers and he's the Harrisonburg Boys and Girls' Club Youth of the Year, but Harold Tarkett says he hasn't always been on the right path.

Tarkett says he was abused as a boy, and he admits he let that mistreatment lead him toward gangs and drugs.

His family moved him to Harrisonburg where he got involved with the Boys and Girls Club.

Tarkett says he was skeptical at first, thinking he could never change, but he was named the organization's Youth of the Year this week.

"It made me feel like I was a part of something," says Tarkett. "I felt like I was making a difference, and that people really care, and that people really can change."

Tarkett says, if he works hard, he can graduate a year early. Then he wants to go to college and study audio engineering.

In the meantime, he'll keep spending time at the Boys and Girls Club and trying his best to be a role model for the younger kids.

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