EXCEPTIONAL SPRINGFIELD TEEN NAMED ‘YOUTH OF THE YEAR’ BY BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SPRINGFIELD.
EXCEPTIONAL SPRINGFIELD TEEN NAMED ‘YOUTH OF THE YEAR’ BY
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SPRINGFIELD.
Juliette White Will Now Vie for State Title and Scholarship.
Springfield, MO, Feb. 3, 2021 – Selected among nine other outstanding youth, Juliette has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield and is receiving a $16,000 scholarship, provided by BGCS Partners in Education. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 74th year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures. Juliette will go on to contend for the Missouri Youth of the Year title and a $2,500 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“I am so proud of all of our candidates. Juliette is a remarkable young woman. She is truly one of the most resilient people I have ever met,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield CEO Brandy Harris, “During the Youth of the Year process, she worked so hard to be vulnerable and share her story in order to help others. I am so proud of her and cannot wait to see the remarkable things she does.”
Juliette is a sophomore at Parkview High School. She is most interested in connecting with other people and helping others by sharing her own personal experiences. At school, she serves as Drum Lieutenant in the Lassies Drum and Bugle Corps. She would like to go to MSU and get her Master’s degree in kinesiology and athletic training.
Juliette is a member of Musgrave BGC and previously served as President of Keystone, a Club program providing youth with leadership development opportunities. Juliette says, “My favorite thing about being a Club member is being surrounded by people who are like family, who help me continue to grow as a person.”
If Juliette is named the Missouri Youth of the Year, she will contend for the title of Midwest Regional Youth of the Year who will receive an additional $20,000 college scholarship. Six finalists will advance to the virtual National Youth of the Year event in October 2021, to vie for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $50,000 and a brand-new Toyota Corolla.
Congratulations are also in order to 3rd place winner Porsha Cosey, receiving a $2,000 scholarship from the BGCS Alumni Association, and 2nd place winner Alex Smalley, receiving an $8,000 scholarship from Heart of the Ozarks Sertoma. The 2021 Junior Youth of the Year is Abigail Roberts, who won a $250 gift card from Tuthill Corporation.
Toyota and Mondelēz support the Youth of the Year program. As the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, Toyota is committed to collaborating with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to ensure local Clubs provide life-enhancing opportunities for kids and teens to explore, develop, and apply the essential skills they need to be successful in life and work.
For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.youthoftheyear.org.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield: Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield was established in 1938 and serves as a safe space for children before and after the school day. BGCS is committed to enabling all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Club offers daily access to a broad range of programs in five core program areas: The Arts, Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.