Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Honors 11 Teens at Annual Gala
Metro Arts Institute Senior Iyana Jameson named BGCMP “Youth of the Year”
(PHOENIX, March 19, 2019) – Eleven teens who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) were honored at one of the top fundraising galas in Phoenix. One of these teens was named the “Youth of the Year” at the annual Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars event.
Iyana, a Senior at Metro Arts Institute, has been a Club member since she was 9 years-old. She credits the Club with providing her a safe and caring environment when she needed it most. Iyana served as her school’s Student Body President last year and coaches volleyball and soccer at the I.G. Homes branch. She is very active with her school’s theater program and stays very involved in performing arts.
Iyana’s Youth of the Year platform focuses on addressing the issues of mental health and removing the stigma of these challenges. She has bravely opened up about her own challenges with mental health and how she’s stronger and healthier now.
After high school, Iyana plans to spend time abroad teaching English, and then plans to attend Arizona State University to double major in fine arts and linguistics.
The journey culminated with the Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars event where the teens shared their stories of inspiration. In addition to crowning the 2019 “Youth of the Year” for BGCMP, the evening honored Bob Bove’ of Jiffy Lube and his many years of service back to our community. All proceeds raised support programming for the 10,000+ kids who are members of the 13 Clubs across metro Phoenix and the West Valley.
This year’s Youth of the Year for each Club are:
Ed Robson Family Branch
Harry & Sandy Rosenzweig Branch
Warner & Shirley Gabel Branch
Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch
I.G. Homes Branch
Rolando Aucca Valenzuela
Jerry Colangelo Branch
Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch
Rachel Ann Howard
Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch
Jerry & Helen Wisotsky/Peoria Branch
Bob & Renee Parsons Branch
Phoenix, AZ Steven Quintero
MLB All-Star/Arizona Diamondbacks Branch: A Kieckhefer Family Legacy
Individual photos for this year’s Youth of the Year are available by request.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix provides premier after-school, summer programs and outreach to nearly 20,000+ young people in grades K-12. At 13 clubs in Phoenix and the West Valley, BGCMP provides award-winning programs designed to change the lives of young people in four key areas: Fun with a Purpose, Academic Success, Be Great, Do Good, and Healthy Choices. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix empowers young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible members of the community.