Tiffany P. | 2018 YOUTH OF THE YEAR • KIWANIS BRANCH

Murphy High School alum, Tiffany P., has been named the 2018 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama. Tiffany is a product of the Kiwanis BGCSA Branch, where she has been actively involved in programs such as the Gavel Club, No Limits Girls’ Aviation Club, Torch Club, Keystone Club, and so much more.

 

Tiffany, a seven year member of BGCSA, attributes the programs offered to her to several of her accomplishments thus far. In 2016 and 2017, Tiffany was one of very few students to be selected as a

student ambassador for Murphy High School. In 2017, while just a junior in high school, Tiffany earned the opportunity to take on a summer internship at the University of South Alabama. Tiffany was also inducted into Murphy High’s National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and has been taking classes for University of Alabama’s Early College Program since 2017.

 

Tiffany’s love for education is accompanied with her love for the community. As a member of “Youth Leadership Mobile”, Tiffany worked to reach Mobile’s homeless population by raising funds and

planning a project to feed and care for them. Tiffany also has a history of volunteering at the Mobile Museum of Art, and being an advocate for the “Stop Underage Drinking” campaign.

 

Ranking #29 in her high school class of 488, Tiffany is now preparing for her first year of college. She will attend Georgia State University this fall where she plans to major in psychology pre-med with a focus on optometry.

 

Tiffany’s Vision for America’s Youth: “For America’s youth to recognize and accept our differences in order to become a more united society.”

Carl M. | 2018 YOUTH OF THE YEAR FINALIST • CODY RD BRANCH

For “Alex”, the road to become a 2018 Youth of the Year finalist began 10 years ago, when he first became a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama. Alex says he knew almost immediately the goal he wanted to accomplish, and he understood his goal of becoming Youth of the Year was one that would require growth, leadership, and achievements. So, Alex set out to reach it.

 

Alex began to grow and strengthen his skills in public speaking. He also became a role model to his peers. Alex began to participate in programs BGCSA offered such as the Gavel Club, Torch Club, and

Keystone Club where he held several dominant roles. In addition, Alex became the Chair of the Academic Success Committee at the Cody Road branch.

 

In 2017, Alex took on a leadership role and began to lead ACT/SAT prep courses for Club teens, including planning local college tours for his peers. And in 2018, Alex began teaching middle school members the basic fundamentals of robotics as part of BGCSA’S Robo Tech program.

 

While a senior at Baker High School, Alex achieved excellence. He excelled in AP courses, participated in the AP Capstone program, and took dual-enrollment courses at the University of South Alabama. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and the National Social Studies Honor Society.

 

Ranking #52 in his high school class of 682, Alex is now preparing for his first year of college. He will attend Alabama A&M University this fall where he plans to major in chemistry with a concentration in

pre-med.

 

“The Boys & Girls Club has taught me that there is more to life than what the streets have to offer. I am not a statistic. I am on outlier.” - Alex M.

 

Jennifer M. | 2018 YOUTH OF THE YEAR FINALIST • SEMMES BRANCH

Jennifer M. has been a member of Boys & Girls Clubs for five years. She credits those five years to helping her discover her calling as an aerospace engineer.

 

Recently finishing up her junior year at Mary G. Montgomery High School, Jennifer is already ranked among the top engineering students in the nation. Jennifer has been a leader and active participant in BGCSA’s Keystone Club and athletics program; however, she says she realized her calling to be an aerospace engineer after she joined BGCSA’s No Limits Girls’ Aviation program. The program is designed to inspire female Club members to reach their full potential in whatever they set out to achieve, using aviation as the vehicle to carry that message.

 

Jennifer stands out in BGCSA’s No Limits Girls’ Aviation program, as well as her school’s Engineering Pathway program where she is also one of the only female members. In addition, Jennifer is active in her

school’s award-winning Robotics team, is currently enrolled in Honors Classes, and is a member of the National Honor Society.

 

Jennifer will begin her senior year at Mary G. Montgomery High School this fall, and she already has her eyes set on attending Auburn University in the fall of 2019.

 

“I hope to grow more as a person as I continue to be a part of the Boys & Girls Club. The programs and staff have made a huge impact on my life. I have learned a lot from my Club that I hope to carry with me throughout my life and in my community.”- Jennifer Murdock

 

 

Patrick B. | 2018 YOUTH OF THE YEAR FINALIST • OPTIMIST BRANCH

Patrick Burks has been a member of Boys and Girls Clubs for ten years. His goal: “to show the world what ten years of Club exposure looks like!” Patrick’s enthusiasm for his Club experience is reflected in

his academic achievements and active participation in his community and church.

 

Patrick, a recent graduate of Murphy High School, is known for his willingness to lend a hand when needed. Each year Patrick volunteers for his Club’s Annual Chili Cook-off team and for the Optimist Christmas Tree Lot. In addition to volunteering at his Club, Patrick is also known for being a camp counselor at United Cerebral Palsy’s Camp SMILE, a Peer Counselor with the Mobile County Health Department’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention program, and a counselor at Bishop State’s STEM Camp. At church, Patrick mentors younger children, and assists with Vacation Bible School. His service to the community has led him to being selected as a member of Mobile United’s Youth Leadership Mobile Class of 2018.

 

While in school, Patrick was enrolled in the Honor curriculum, was a band member, and took dual-enrollment courses at Bishop State Community College. With the ultimate goal of becoming a realtor,

Patrick will be attending Florida A&M University this summer.

 

“My goal is to always do and make things better. My email address is actually betterburks@gmail.com, seeing that every day encourages me to live up to be “BETTER.” - Patrick Burks

 

 

Kyla B. | 2018 YOUTH OF THE YEAR FINALIST • SONNY CALLAHAN BRANCH

 

Kyla Brown found her “home away from home” at the Sonny Callahan Branch about six years ago. As a member, Kyla participated in photography, cheerleading and volleyball team. She mentored

younger girls serving as a cheerleading coach and providing a positive role model.

With a 3.97 GPA, Kyla has ranked 33 in her senior class at Theodore High School, where she participated in a dual enrollment Pre-Calculus program and advanced placement courses in English, U.S.

History and Environmental Science. She was a member of the National English Honor Society, Key Club, and Homecoming Committee. She served as the Student Council Fundraiser Committee Chair, was a

Homecoming Maid and Future Business Leaders of America president and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She cheered for all four years and was one of the Cheer Captains.

 

Kyla is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Culturama Program, served as a Little Sister for Distinguished Young Women Pageant, and was second runner-up in the Theta Phi Beta Blue & White

Scholarship Pageant.

 

Kyla plans to attend Coastal Alabama Community College and to pursue a degree in Dentistry.

 

“The Club allowed me to express my individuality, experience sibling relationships, and most importantly blossom into who I am today.”

– Kyla Brown

 

 

For nearly 70 years, the Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the nation’s most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teens. These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.

 

Each year, one exceptional Club member

is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports.

2017 YOUTH OF THE YEAR WINNERS

Kelsey P. , 2017 YOY Winner • Cody Road Branch

Jakobie F. , 2017 YOY Finalist • Sonny Callahan Branch

Jadah R. , 2017 YOY Finalist • Kiwanis Branch

Jace M. , 2017 YOY Finalist • Semmes Branch

Deleeicia T. , 2017 YOY Finalist • Optimist Branch

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