Jhalil Dickerson, from The Station at Potomac Yards, has received the Virginia Governor's Housing Conference Outstanding Youth Award for 2017. Jhalil was nominated by the property manager Dawn Reid, who said of Jhalil that at his young age, he is well known by the entire Station community for being helpful to the residents, a cheerful presence at events, and an outstanding volunteer in the Rooftop Roots Station terrace garden.
When Jhalil found out he won the award, he was "very excited". He said enjoys the work in the gardens, as well as helping out with the dishes, laundry, and clearing tables at community events. Jhalil insisted he is self taught in all these things, but his grandmother, Wanda Dickerson, laughed and disagreed.
"I was ecstatic, I was so happy, and I'm thankful for everybody who worked with Jhalil and put him in a position to be nominated for this award," Wanda said.
Jhalil and Wanda will travel to the Governor's Housing Conference in November, where he will receive a 529 College Savings Award. AHDC is so proud of Jhalil and we can't wait to celebrate with him in November!