NASHVILLE, TN (3/28/19) – Selected among several outstanding youth, Tzipora H.D. was named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee as she represented her Middle Tennessee organization. In addition to winning the Youth of the Year title, Tzipora received a $5,000 educational scholarship from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a $10,000 scholarship from the Tennessee Titans. Now in its 72nd year, 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 living a healthy lifestyle. Tzipora will go on to contend for the Southeast Region Youth of the Year title and an additional $40,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire,” said Dan Jernigan, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. “Tzipora was nominated for her commitment to academic success, leadership, and being a role model to her peers. She is an incredible Club member and we are so proud of her. Tzipora is a shining example that great futures start at the Boys & Girls Clubs.”
Tzipora is currently a senior at Martin Luther King Junior Magnet High School in Nashville, TN. She is a member of the school’s National Honor Society, Black Achievers, and tennis and wind ensemble teams, and participates in junior classical league. Her favorite subject is human anatomy. Tzipora’s post-secondary plan includes attending University of Memphis majoring in Nursing. She is the first in her family to go to college.
At the Boys & Girls Club, Tzipora participates in the Keystone Club, a teen group dedicated to leadership and community service, and SMART Girls, a health, fitness, and self-esteem enhancement program for girls. Tzipora is an advocate for youth and hopes to use her Youth of the Year platform to spread her vision for all young people to have access to a safe place, with caring adult mentors, afterschool.
About The Program
The Youth of the Year Program is a leadership development program that celebrates the remarkable lives of Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee members who have distinguished themselves by rising above challenging circumstances. Finalists are chosen from their Club locations based on moral character, community involvement, academic achievements, and obstacles that they have overcome. During the selection process, youth will tell their stories to Club friends and supporters. One teen finalist will be selected as the winner. The newly named Youth of the Year will next compete against other Boys & Girls Clubs members across Tennessee for the state title. State winners move on to vie for the distinction of one of five regional winners across the country, and ultimately those five winners will contend for the title, National Youth of the Year. The judging criterion for each event consists of public speaking, one-on-one interview, service to Club and community, and academic achievement.
Program History & Prestige
The Youth of the Year program was founded more than 70 years ago through the generosity of the Reader’s Digest Foundation. Since 1947, the National Youth of the Year program has served as the primary vehicle for showcasing the exemplary achievements of Club youth. The Youth of the Year program has afforded hundreds of outstanding Club members an opportunity to meet presidents like Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. In addition, each year’s five regional finalists are honored at a congressional breakfast in Washington D. C. As the voice for some 4.3 million children and youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs, the National Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year winners appear before congressional committees to speak on teen issues, participate in town hall meetings, appear on television and news programs, and serve as ambassadors for other youth organizations. In addition to these prestigious duties, former Youths of the Year continue to play active roles in their local Boys & Girls Clubs communities. Previous winners have excelled in every aspect of the private sector, serving as doctors, lawyers, news reporters, Peace Corps volunteers, politicians, and civic leaders in their communities.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee
For more than 116 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (BGCMT) has enabled all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Annually, more than 4,385 youth are served at nine Middle Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs and through community outreach initiatives. Clubs are located in Davidson & Williamson counties. Boys & Girls Clubs provides a safe place, professional caring staff, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. To learn more, please visit www.bgcmt.org , like us on Facebook [GreatFuturesStartHere] or follow us on Twitter @BGCMT.