OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WUSA 9) -- The Boys and Girls Clubs of America serve about four million kids around the country, providing them an opportunity for a better future.
In nearby Harford County, a Ravens stronghold, they serve about four thousand 6 to 18-year-olds.
Zayrron Blake or "Z" as he's called is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County's 2014 Youth of the Year. The 17-year-old with a 3.875 GPA is captain of his football team and a constant volunteer at the place that helped shape him.
"I'm a single kid," said Zayrron. "I didn't have my mother and father when I was growing up, no support from them, but when I came to the club, they gave me all the missing pieces."
The Raven's are Z's favorite team and on Thursday he got up close and personal with some of the players he loves, like Torrey Smith.
"It was a great experience, I never had a conversation with a pro football player before," said Zayrron.
Branch Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County, Otelia Brannigan, said visiting Ravens Training Camp is a value experience for many of the children in the program.
"This is giving a lot of children at the Boys and Girls Club the opportunity to say: 'I can do this.' They're not a statistic any longer. They're not just a number," said Brannigan.
Zayrron, an upcoming senior at Havre de Grace, says he wants to give back to his community and plans on studying psychology in college to do just that.