Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for Club teens. As the greatest honor a club member can receive, the National Youth of the Year represents the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the voices of the more than four million youth at the Club he serves. For 74 years, the Youth of the Year program has recognized young people for their exceptional leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. This year, the Youth of the Year program will award nearly half a million scholarships to Club teens.
Toyota and Mondelez International are proud to sponsor the Youth of the Year program. As part of Toyota’s commitment to providing young people with access to the tools they need to build a bright future, Brianna will have the opportunity to choose an all-new Toyota Corolla, in addition to her $ 72,500 Scholarship.
“Everyone has the ability to make the right decision, but sometimes they need a positive influence to guide them in the right direction.“ – Brianna, National Youth of the Year 2021-2022.
Brianna was first shown at the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol at nine, shy and uncertain of what the future holds. After being born into a situation that created drug addiction at birth, Brianna grew much faster than many of her peers. Determined to take charge of her future, it was thanks to the Club that she immediately found a safe environment with positive influences among Club staff to remind her of her full potential. Now, she’s determined to change the narrative for children and teens who may face similar or unique challenges.
Although Brianna quickly bonded with many Club members, she became particularly close to her teenage manager who encouraged her to participate in Club activities.
From elementary school through high school, Brianna has spent her after-school time participating in the club’s programming, from her early days winning robotics awards to joining the Keystone teen leadership program, The Boys Clubs. and Daughters supported and strengthened Brianna’s passions.
Brianna attributes her experience at the Club to her ability to open up and communicate better with her peers. It also instilled in him a deep passion for community involvement. “As Club members we are all expected to understand the meaning and impact this brings to our community,” Brianna said.
Brianna’s passion for the community continued to deepen through all the activities she participated in at the Club. In fact, it led to his aspiration for a career that really made a difference in the lives of others; a social worker. She wants to spend her life giving others what she needed most throughout her childhood and which she found at her Boys & Girls Club: positive advice and support.
Each year, starting at the local level, Boys and Girls Clubs select Youth of the Year nominees who then move on to national and regional competitions, culminating with the National Youth of the Year celebration, which features youth from each of the five regions, as well as the National Military Youth of the Year. Regional finalists are awarded nearly $ 20,000 in scholarships.
As National Youth of the Year, Brianna will be the official spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and its Alumni & Friends Club. Brianna will also have the opportunity to fit into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America program for American Youth, a political platform focused on critical issues and solutions impacting young people.
For more information on the Youth of the Year program, visit www.youthoftheyear.org.
About the Boys and Girls Clubs of America
For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) provided a safe place for children and youth to learn and grow. The clubs offer caring adult mentors, fun and friendship on a daily basis, as well as high impact youth development programs during critical hours outside of school hours. Boys and Girls Club programs promote academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. Over 4,700 clubs serve over 4.3 million youth through club membership and community outreach. The clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Indigenous lands across the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated youth centers at US military installations around the world. The national headquarters are located at Atlanta. Read more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America at Facebook and Twitter.
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