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  Name:   Mr. Felix A. Rouse
Month: December 2006
Schools: UPenn, BA 1996
Cornell, MBA 2003
Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark
Title: CEO

Felix Rouse was named the Chief Executive Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark in April 2005. He has a long history with the organization, beginning first as a club member, then Unit Director for the Central Ward Unit, and then a member of the Board of Trustees.

At age 16, Felix was selected as the Northeast Regional "Youth of the Year," for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The "Youth of the Year" program is a national program that recognizes youth for outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome.

After receiving a scholarship from a Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark benefactor, Felix attended high school at the Gunnery School in Connecticut, where he graduated Cum Laude. He went on to the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an all-Ivy League football player as a walk-on, and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. Felix also attended Cornell University, where he received his Masters in Business Administration from the Johnson School of Management and was awarded the Albert Fried Fellowship for academic and leadership excellence. He currently serves as the Co-Alumni Class President for the Class of 2003.

Upon graduation from Cornell, Felix worked as an Associate Marketing Manager for McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Felix spent almost two years at McNeil, working on popular brands like Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, and St. Joseph aspirin. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark during that time.

After being placed in foster care at age two, Felix's foster parents leaned on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark to help guide him in his youth. A member since the age of six, Felix's membership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark gave him access to programs and caring adults that helped him reach his full potential. Now, as CEO, he has the chance to inspire other young children through the Boys & Girls Clubs in the same way he was during his youth. Felix has been a part of the Boys & Girls Club Movement for 26 of his 32 years of life. Besides his many roles with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark, he has also served as an International Youth Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National Training Associate for Boys & Girls Clubs of America's SMART Moves Program (drug, alcohol, teen pregnancy prevention), and is currently the President of the Boys & Girls Clubs in NJ Alumni Association. Felix was also awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Robert W. Woodruff Fellowship in 2001 - awarded to one Boys & Girls Club professional annually.

Felix is also an alum of a number of organizations, such as LEAD - Leadership Education and Development (Class of 1990), Leadership Newark (Class of 2001), NLI - Neighborhood Leadership Initiative (Class of 2001), and INROADS (1991-94). He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Branch Brook Park Alliance in Newark, and was recently elected to serve on the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board as its Chairperson. In January 2006, Felix was awarded the New York Knickerbockers Sweetwater Clifton City Spirit Award for his service in making a change in the lives of others, and in April received the Essex County Chapter of The Links Community Service Award for exemplifying passion and service. In June 2006, he was awarded the United Way of Essex/West Hudson's Vision Council Community Partner Award for his commitment to the youth of the city of Newark. The Star Ledger also recognized Felix's community service by naming him (and his friend Shavar Jeffries) as "People Who Made a Difference in New Jersey" in 2005.



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