Youth of the Year 2015


 




Youth of the Year Celebration - Monday, February 23, 2015
The Arizona Grand Resort – Phoenix
5:30 - 9:30pm


 
In the United States the statistic shows that only 69% of our high school age youth are graduating. We are proud to say that at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley teens that are members have a 90% graduation rate!! We focus on making sure that every member that attends the Club gets the support and academic resources necessary to progress from one grade to the next at the appropriate age and that they are graduating on time. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley believe that continued education is just as important. We provide scholarship money to help get the teens into the trade schools or colleges of their dreams. Our annual Youth of the Year program raises the funds necessary to let this happen.

On Monday, February 23, 2015, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley will conduct our 23rd Annual Youth of the Year Banquet at The Arizona Grand Resort, in Phoenix to honor and recognize outstanding high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who have emerged as the outstanding members of their individual branches. If you have never attended our Youth of the Year Banquet, you are missing out on one of the most inspiring opportunities of your life. You’ll hear first-hand from our candidates about how the Boys & Girls Club has changed their lives. These young people are the best and brightest of our organization, and in many cases have overcome homelessness, broken families, financial hardships and other obstacles that most people can’t even imagine. Their stories will make you smile, cry and most importantly, make you proud. You will leave the event a changed person after hearing the personal experiences of these young people who represent our Clubs in Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Globe, Guadalupe, Mesa, Tempe and the Gila River Indian communities. Proceeds from this event support the programs and activities offered at the 12 Branches as well as provide scholarship and financial aid to qualifying members. Over 300 Club members have been awarded college and continued education scholarships.

If you think these young men and women can’t have an impact on kids throughout the country, consider this: the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley has produced two National Youths of the Year: Donald Smith in 2002 and Mona Dixon in 2010. Only one other club has produced more National honorees than our organization.

Youth of the Year is an annual program sponsored nationally by Tupperware and locally by Hoag Family Trust, Chandler Compadres, Coronado West, Intel, Toyota Financial Services, Sun Lakes Charities, and Maricopa Community Colleges, to name just a few. The Victoria Lund Foundation alone has given the last seven East Valley winners a $20,000 educational fund! We hope you will consider supporting our 2015 Youth of the Year Banquet as a sponsor or donor.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley serves more than 39,000 youth annually in the East Valley and continues to grow to meet the needs of today’s youth. For more information about this event or the Youth of the Year program, please contact Cindy Zak, Director of Operations, at 480-820-3688 or cindyz@clubzona.org.






              
 

Presenting the 2015 East Valley Youth of the Year candidates. 
Please take a moment to read each teen's biography!



Jessica Solis
Compadre Branch - Chandler

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Ciarra Silvas
Gila River - Komatke Branch

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Tiayne Juan
Gila River - Sacaton Branch

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Mikaela Figueroa
Gilbert Branch

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Robert Cervantes
Grant Woods Branch - Mesa

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Ny'Quenta Strong
Ladmo Branch - Tempe

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Stephanie Granillo
North Tempe Branch

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Vanessa Hernandez
Stevenson Branch

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Rachael Walborn
Thunderbirds Branch - Guadalupe

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Thank you to our supporters and sponsors:



chandler compadres coronado west inc
cox communications
maricopa community colleges
Tempe Diablos
Hoag Family Trust
 


Aero-Zone BMO Harris Bank
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chasse Building Team
Gila River Sand and Gravel GoDaddy
Infra Tect John’s Refrigeration
Ricoh USA Rio Salado College
SRP Sun Lakes Charities
The Green Valley Pecan Co. Toyota Financial Services
Wild Horse Pass Development Authority