Glendale Star: BGCMP Honors 13 Exemplary Teens at Annual Gala

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Three teens from Glendale and Peoria compete for title of ‘Youth of the Year’

Thirteen teens who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) will be honored at one of the top fundraising galas in Phoenix. One of the teens will be named “Youth of the Year” March 19 at the annual Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars event.

Ariana Escarzaga of the Swift Kids Branch, Gabrielle Johnson of the Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch and Abbass Bah of the Jerry & Helen Wisotsky/Peoria Branch are their clubs’ “Youth of the Year.”

From community service to exemplary grades to thriving despite adversity, these teens were selected out of hundreds of club teens across metro Phoenix to vie for the title of “Youth of the Year.” For the past several months, the group embarked on a 16-week Journey of Discovery that included team building, relationship and leadership development, presentation skills and Toastmasters training.

The Journey culminates with the “Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars” event, presented by Universal Technical Institute, where the teens will share their stories of inspiration with more than 1,000 guests. In addition to crowning the 2016 “Youth of the Year” for BGCMP, the evening will honor “Champions of Giving” by Bob and Renee Parsons of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. Guests will also enjoy a dinner program, entertainment by club kids, and silent and live auctions. All proceeds raised at the gala go directly to programming support at the 13 clubs across metropolitan Phoenix and the West Valley.

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