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

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

 

Vanesa Rodriguez to Now Vie for State Title and Scholarship

Vanesa Rodriguez

Kansas City, MO, February 9, 2018 – Selected among several local outstanding youth, Vanesa Rodriguez was chosen the 2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Youth of the Year and will next compete against other Boys & Girls Club members across the state for the Missouri Youth of the Year title and an additional $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The 70-year-old 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, Vanesa 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.

“Vanesa was selected for her consistent participation, determination and great enthusiasm” David A. Smith, President and Club Alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. “She is an incredible Club member and we are so proud of her”.

Vanesa is a currently a senior at William Chrisman High School in Independence, MO.  Her academic achievements have earned her membership into the National Honor Society.  At the Boys & Girls Club, she has served as the Keystone Club president, a teen group dedicated to leadership and community service, and is involved in Club programs such as Diplomas to Degrees, SMART Girls and Meth SMART. In 2016, Vanesa was a regional finalist for the national Youth of the Year competition.  Vanesa will graduate with her high school diploma in May 2018. She plans to attend the University of Missouri and pursue a career in the medical field as a nurse or doctor.

If Vanesa 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 2018, 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, renewable for four years up to $100,000 and will be awarded the 2018 Toyota vehicle of their choice courtesy of Toyota.

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 100 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 1,200 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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Contact:

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