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2019-2020 YOUTH OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

JP C.

JP C.

MARY ELLEN & ROBERT MCKEE BRANCH

JP is a Freshman at Fountain Hills High School … our youngest candidate this year. He has been a Club member for 9 years. JP described his life before the Club as living in a bubble—fearful of trying new things. He plans to attend Boston University after graduating high school and going into sales … following in his dad’s footsteps.

ZARIA G.

ZARIA G.

LEHI BRANCH

Zaria is a sophomore at Westwood High School and has been a member for 10 years. Zaria says that Club staff challenge her to always do her best and make positive choices. She loves helping others and gardening at the Club. She plans to attend NAU after high school and becoming a doctor.

ANNAY L.

ANNAY L.

SCOTTSDALE CHARROS BRANCH

Annay is a senior at Arcadia High School. She has been a Club member for 12 years. Annay attributes programs like tutoring and America Reads for helping her excel in school. She plans to attend Scottsdale Community College after graduation and to eventually join the FBI.

KENNISE M.

KENNISE M.

RED MOUNTAIN BRANCH

Kennise is a Sophomore at Mountain View High School and has been a Club member for 3 years. Kennise attributes the Club with helping her find her passions of art and writing. She’s got her sites on Brigham Young University in Hawaii to become a marine biologist after she graduates high school.

KAYLA M.

KAYLA M.

VIRGINIA G. PIPER BRANCH

Kayla is a senior at Desert Mountain High School. She has been a member for 12 years. She was the Torch Club and Keystone President as well as a Leader in Training before becoming a part-time staff member. After graduation, she plans to attend ASU and becoming a pediatric Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist.

CARLY M.

CARLY M.

THUNDERBIRDS BRANCH

Carly is a senior at Pinnacle High School and has been a Club member since kindergarten (12 years). Carly has held leadership roles in Torch Club, Keystone and as a Leader in Training. Carly is currently a valued part-time Club staff member. She plans to attend ASU after graduation and wants to be an event planner for a non-profit.

JASON N.

JASON N.

HARTLEY & RUTH BRANCH

Jason is a senior at Coronado High School. He has been a Club member for 6 years. The Club is the place where he feels accepted after experiencing bullying in school. He plans to attend Scottsdale Community College after graduation to study architecture

ISABELLA T.

ISABELLA T.

VESTAR BRANCH

Isabella is also a junior at Pinnacle High School. She has been a Club member for 8 years. Isabella says that programs like Torch Club, Leaders in Training and Keystone have helped her grow and prepare her for success. She plans to attend Grand Canyon University with a goal of becoming a pediatric surgeon.

2020 BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER SCOTTSDALE YOUTH OF THE YEAR

At its annual Celebrate Youth Gala Friday night, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) named Carly M. its 2020 Youth of the Year. Carly, age 17, has been a member of the BGCS Thunderbirds Branch for 12 years.

In front of more than 600 guests at the gala presented by Tiffany & Bosco and Meritage Homes, Carly told her story of finding confidence, positive body image, and acceptance at the Club. She says her Club mentors and programs have helped her overcome the anxiety and feelings of inadequacy that one in five teenagers struggle with each year.

Carly will receive a $5,000 scholarship for college which will help her achieve her goal of becoming an event planner for a non-profit.