Dynamic Kansas City Teen Wins Youth of the Year Honor for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

Dynamic Kansas City Teen Wins Youth of the Year Honor for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
KaeShawn Smith to Now Vie for State Title and Scholarship

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Kansas City, MO, February 8, 2017 – Selected among several local exceptional youth, KaeShawn Smith was chosen the 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Youth of the Year and will next compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Missouri Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). 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. As the new Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, 15-year old KaeShawn is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs for her leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

“KaeShawn was nominated for her great enthusiasm and determination” said David A. Smith, President and Club Alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. “She is a young woman who knows what she wants; her maturity and willpower will allow her to realize her dreams. KaeShawn is an incredible Club member and we are so proud of her”.

KaeShawn is a currently a sophomore at Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kansas.  She is a member of the school’s debate team and participates in theater. KaeShawn’s post-secondary plans include majoring in Biology while pursuing a minor in Spanish. Her long term goals are to become a Neurologist.  At the Boys & Girls Club, she participates in the Keystone Club, a teen group dedicated to leadership and community service, and SMART Girls, a health, fitness, education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls. KaeShawn is an advocate for teens and hopes to spread her S.L.O.Y, Stop and Listen to Our Youth, message nationwide.

If KaeShawn wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Midwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years, up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2017, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, also renewable for up to four years, totaling $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit http://www.youthoftheyear.org.


About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

For more than one hundred years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City has provided a fun and safe environment for youth, ages 5-18, to learn, play, meet new friends and grow. From sports, digital arts and media to group activities and tutoring, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provides top-quality programs to more than 1,000 area youth each day.  Whether it is learning how an individual can make a difference in his/her community or learning how to swim – the Clubs strive to help youth feel important and put their dreams of a great future within reach. For more information, visit www.helpKCkids.org or facebook.com/helpKCkids        


About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (http://www.GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, 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. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

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Sharon Cleaver, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Direct Phone:  816-462-0136, Mobile Phone: 816-674-3721, Email Address:  scleaver@helpkckids.org / Web site:  www.helpKCkids.org