An Alton teenager is being recognized as the "Youth of the Year" by the Boys and Girls Club of Alton.  Garret Parker, Junior received the honor, just as he did in 2012.   Parker went on last year to be recognized at the state level as well, by the Illinois Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs'.  He did not, however participate at state this year.   

Parker says volunteerism played a big part in his life over the past year.  

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Parker (pictured) says the Club has made a major difference in his life and has helped him discover his own ability to bring about change.  He plans to continue his education, and enroll in zoology studies at SIU-Carbondale in the fall.  Parker appeared on Z-1570's Matinee Madness on Thursday.

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