The Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Youth of the Year program is a premier character and leadership initiative which has been in existence for more than 60 years. Recipients of the award are chosen based on each candidate's demonstration of moral character, life goals, leadership, poise, public speaking ability and service to the Club, community and family. This year nine Club members will compete for the distinction of being named Youth of the Year.
This year's finalists are:
Olga Fernandez, senior at Saguaro High School and member of the Rose Lane Branch, located in South Scottsdale
Casey Figurski, senior at Fountain Hills High School and member of the Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch, located in Fountain Hills
Stephanie Gillooly, senior at Saguaro High School and member of the Thunderbirds Branch, located in North Scottsdale
Rachel Hall, senior at Horizon High School and member of the Vestar Branch, located in Northeast Phoenix
Genese Jackson, senior at Westwood High School and member of the Red Mountain Branch, located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Jose Martinez, junior at Westwood High School and member of the Lehi Branch, located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Jordon Milazzo, junior at Desert Mountain High School and member of the Virginia G. Piper Branch, located in Scottsdale
Elida Powsey, freshmen at Hualapai Baptist Homeschool Co-Op and member of the Hualapai Branch, located in Peach Springs
Jessica Reed, a senior at Coronado High School and member of the Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch located in Scottsdale
The 2011 Youth of the Year announcement will be made at the conclusion of Celebrate Youth Gala & Auction. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems and $750 gift card courtesy of American Express. Each of the eight runners-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems and a $500 American Express gift card.
Tiffany & Bosco P.A. and Great American Title Agency, Inc. have committed to being the presenting sponsors for the next three years. Other sponsors for this year's event include: General Dynamics C4 Systems; Casino Arizona-Talking Stick Resort; David Lorsch & Cindy Lubin; Mutual of Omaha Bank; Hartley & Ruth Barker; Jokake Construction; American Express; FirstBank of Arizona; First Western Trust Bank; Greenberg Traurig; Salt River Materials Group; Snell & Wilmer LLP; Valor IT; Mary Ellen & Robert McKee; and Maureen & Paul Rubeli.
The 2011 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year will continue on to the state-level competition with other organizations from across Arizona. The state finalist will be announced during the Arizona State Youth of the Year Legislative Breakfast to be held on April 19, 2011, at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix. The winner of the state competition advances to the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competition held later this year, with the opportunity to continue to the national event.
Tickets for Celebrate Youth Gala & Auction start at $100/per person. Tables and event sponsorships are still available. For more information please visit www.celebrateyouthgala.org or call 480.860.5520.
About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
Since 1954, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has provided more than 100,000 Northeast Valley youth with a positive, supervised environment to explore the power of their potential. Today we serve 16,000 children and teen through the organization's nine branches and 12 outreach sites in Northeast Valley neighborhoods. The Club offers more than 100 youth development programs emphasizing five core areas: the arts; character & leadership development; education & career development; health & life skills; and sports, fitness & recreation. For more information please visit www.bgcs.org.