On February 26, 2009 the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound (BGCSPS) will be honoring the Youth of the Year candidates at the first annual Legacy of HOPE dinner. The Youth of the Year Program is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program and the highest honor a Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community, and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. Once a member has been named Youth of the Year for their branch they will move onto the local competition where they will be graded by judges on things such as poise, life goals, and community involvement. This year the BGCSPS has nominated 8 outstanding Club Youths of the Year, representing each Branch to compete for the 2009 Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound title:
- Markese Brown, Bellarmine Prep, Al Davies Branch
- Kari Carpenter, North Mason High School, North Mason Branch
- Savannah Gutierrez, Wahsington High School, South Pierce County Branch
- Hannah Hicks, North Mason High School, Bremerton Branch
- India Irons, Lakes High School, Lakewood Branch
- Larissa Jackson, Mount Tahoma High School, East Side Branch
- Christney Kpodo, Lincoln High School, South End Branch
- Cassie Smith, Wilson High School, D.A. Gonyea Branch
After their packets have been reviewed and upon completion of a rigorous round of interviews and speeches, the judges will pick a winner on the 25th, who will be formally announced before family, supporters, and community leaders at the Legacy of HOPE event the next night on the 26th. The event is designed to showcase each Youth of the Year and allow the top 3 candidates to give their speeches and talk about the impact the Club has had on their lives. From this point the winner will progress to the State level where they will have the opportunity to earn a scholarship and a chance to advance to the Regional level. Regional winners receive a $10,000 scholarship and enter the National competition held in Washington DC. The National Youth of the Year recipient receives and additional $15,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.
The Legacy of HOPE event is about one thing, showcasing our youth. Each candidate represents the true meaning of what the Clubs stand for and how they ultimately have positive and lasting affects on the lives of those who are involved. It is the perfect opportunity for community members to see first hand the profound effects that this organization is having on the lives of their youth. On this special evening it is the goal of the BGCSPS to make each and every candidate feel appreciated, special, and honored for their community involvement, participation at school, and ability to set a positive example to other Club members. This competition is vital because the young people who earn recognition as the Youth of the Year are living proof that the Boys & Girls Clubs work. Truly, there is no stronger testimony that Clubs are indeed, “The Positive Place for Kids.” Come be a part of an organization that cares about one thing: making anything and everything possible for our most valuable natural resource, our youth.
The Legacy of HOPE Celebrating our Youth of the Year
‚Ä¢ Thursday, February 26, 2009
‚Ä¢ 5:30-8:00 pm (5:30 pm Registration & Social, 6:30 pm Dinner & Program)
‚Ä¢ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center (1500 Broadway Tacoma, WA 98402)
‚Ä¢ Tickets are $45 per person
‚Ä¢ Please RSVP by February 17, 2009
For more information on The Legacy of HOPE, Celebrating our Youth of the Year visit www.bg-clubs.com or call 253.502.4600 to RSVP or inquire about our sponsorship opportunities. We hope to see you there!