Youth of the Year (#YOY) is Boys & Girls Clubs signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy.
In the 21st-century world and workplace, leadership skills such as communication, goal setting and teamwork are essential for everyone – especially young people preparing to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood.
A proud legacy of more than 60 years, Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year program recognizes Club members who, with the help of their Club, have met personal challenges head-on and, despite the odds, have given back to their Club and community. Used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership, these members have demonstrated service to their Club, community and family; proven academic success; strong moral character; life goals, poise and public speaking abilities.
Congratulations to Arrionna: 2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee’s Youth of the Year!
Arrionna is a junior at Centennial High School where she is a cheerleader and has aspirations of becoming a pediatrician.
“Last year, as a sophomore, all of my assignments were online, and I did not have internet access at my home,” expressed Arrionna. She was struggling to complete her assignments, and her grades were suffering to the point of potentially not passing to the next grade. At Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, Arrionna had computers and internet access to complete her assignments as well as a tutor to help her catch up and stay on track for graduation.
Now, Arrionna is staying focused on graduation and applying for colleges. “My Boys & Girls Club got me back on the right track and helped me finish strong.” She is confident that she can now obtain her goals. Arrionna is a great representation of our Club mission and members as they grow into successful, productive citizens of Middle Tennessee.
Arrionna and thousands more young leaders are on track to reach their full potential thanks to the generous supporters who open Club doors daily to youth in need!
Congratulations to Destini: 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee’s Youth of the Year and Fairview Club Youth of the Year!
Congratulations to Jazsmin: 2016 Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee’s Youth of the Year and Franklin Club Youth of the Year.
- Attended Franklin High School
- 18 years old and has been a Club member for 8 years
- Club Service: Keystone Member & Volunteer Junior Staff
- Favorite Club moment: Attending the 2015 Taco Bell College Tour
- Extracurricular activities: African-American Awareness Club, 11 GenAway, National Honor Society, DECA, Youth Choir, Dance & Mime Team, Audiovisual Team, & Youth Leader
- Post-Secondary Plans: Attending University of Memphis, majoring in Childhood Psychology