2022 YOUTH OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch
Tafani is a Senior at Coronado High School and has been a Club member for 3 years. For Tafani, the Club has been an important source of stability.
She plans to attend Northern Arizona University after graduation with the hopes of becoming a surgeon.
Tafani says the Club has given her some of the best experiences of her life.
Robin is a Junior at Westwood High School and has been a Club member for 7 years. For Robin the Club is the place where she feels comfortable opening up and being herself.
When Robin graduates high school, she plans to study culinary arts at Scottsdale Community College.
Robin says the Club has helped her gain the strength and confidence to tell the stories and experiences of her people openly and proudly because she will never let her culture fade away.
Mary Ellen & Robert Branch
JP is a Junior at Fountain Hills High School and has been a Club member for 10 years.
When JP graduates high school, he hopes to study business and marketing at ASU or, maybe, Boston University.
Before the Club, JP says he would have never thought he would become a leader. What he has learned at the Club, he says he will carry with him for the rest of his life.
Sydney is a Sophomore at Desert Mountain High School and has been a Club member for 9 years.
Sydney says the Club has given her a voice, opportunities for leadership, and friends that have shaped who she is today.
After graduating high school, Sydney plans to pursue her career goal of becoming an attorney.
Sydney says the Club is her greatest supporter and brings out the best in her.
Hollyn is a Junior at Basis Phoenix and has been a Club member for 7 years.
She says the Club helped her to find a balance between having fun and working hard … a tough thing for a generation that feels overwhelmed with pressure.
When Hollyn graduates, she plans to work towards a career in sports medicine. But right now, she enjoys taking advantage of fun and exciting Club programs like Jr. Staff and Keystone that will help prepare her for whatever the future holds.
Virginia G. Piper Branch
Tara is a Junior at ASU Preparatory Academy and has been a Club kid for 10 years. For Tara, the Club is the place where she consistently finds support and encouragement.
She plans to attend ASU after graduating high school with the goal of becoming a doctor.
Tara says, taking the time to get to know someone can alter their day or maybe even their life, like Club staff did for her. She says staff at the Club have high expectations for her and always have faith in her even when she doesn’t have it in herself.
2021 BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER SCOTTSDALE YOUTH OF THE YEAR
Isabella T. from the Vestar Branch was named the 2021 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year at the Night of Lights held on February 20 at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts Virginia G. Piper Theater.
Isabella has been a Club member for nine years and is a senior at Pinnacle High School. Her positive message of perseverance and compassionate attitude won the day in her third year of participating in the BGCS Youth of the Year program.
Bella will receive a $5,000 scholarship awarded by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Foundation for college which will help her achieve her goal of becoming a pediatric physician assistant. She plans to attend University of Arizona in the fall.