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Maryah Sullivan Named 2014 Southeast Region Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Maryah Sullivan

We are so proud to announce that Maryah Sullivan of our Joe R. Lee Branch has been named the 2014 Southeast Region Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of America! In September, Maryah will represent BGCCF and the entire Southeast Region at the National Youth of the Year competition where she and four other regional winners will have the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House.

“I was overwhelmed with emotion,” Maryah said shortly after the announcement was made. “I couldn’t believe it was me. I was crying. There were so many other amazing Club members, and they picked me. I’m honored.”

As the Southeast Region Youth of the Year, Maryah received a $10,000 college scholarship. She was already granted more than $6,000 in scholarships after winning the state competition in April. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000.

BGCA’s Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. The Youth of the Year program, founded in 1947, celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments. These deserving young people are recognized for service to their Clubs and communities, academic performances and contributions to their families.

Maryah is the third BGCCF Club member to be named a Regional Youth of the Year in our 70-year history. We wish her all the best as she goes on to compete at the national level.

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Celebrate The Children 2014

Thanks to your generous support, this year’s Celebrate The Children was an incredible success! Visit our event page for more information and visit our Facebook page to browse photos from the night’s festivities.

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Positive Press

Find out what’s been going on at our Clubs with the Spring 2014 edition of The Positive Press!

Meet Our 2014 State of Florida Youth of the Year

Maryah Sullivan

We are pleased to announce that Maryah Sullivan, an outstanding 11-year member of our Joe R. Lee Branch, has been selected as the 2014 State of Florida Youth of the Year and will go on to represent Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida in the regional competition this summer.

The 2014 Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation Youth of the Year process began locally with selected members from 10 BGCCF Branches. A panel of respected judges, all chosen for their professional leadership roles in our community, selected our organization Youth of the Year from a group of seven finalists. Participants were evaluated based on their one-on-one interviews, academic achievements, written essays, service to Club and overall personality and presentation skills.

Chosen from among these finalists, Maryah was named the 2014 Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation Youth of the Year in February and went on to compete at the state level. On April 28, she was selected as 2014 State of Florida Youth of the Year from a group of more than 20 youth from Boys & Girls Clubs across the state and was granted more than $6,000 in scholarships.

For Maryah, the Joe R. Lee Branch is a constant reminder of hope and the knowledge that she has the strength to become anything she wants to be.  Maryah has maintained a 4.43 GPA at Edgewater High School.  During her senior year, she has been the Edgewater High National Honor Society president, a weightlifting district champion, Keystone Club president at the Joe R. Lee Branch and a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House. She has already been accepted to the University of South Florida where she plans to study medicine so that she can continue on her journey to becoming a neurosurgeon.

Congratulations to Maryah for working hard toward reaching her goals. We are excited to see all that this shining Club member does in the future.

Congratulations to Our 2014 Youth of the Year Finalists

2014 Youth of the Year Finalists

Pictured left to right: Shantell Mitchell, Michael McCauley, Jessica Santana, Maryah Sullivan, Jacobie Smith, Ashley Williams and Jamecia Mendez.

The Youth of the Year process began locally with selected members from 10 Central Florida Clubs competing for the title of 2014 Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation Youth of the Year. Our seven finalists were selected based on their one-on-one interviews, academic achievements, essays, service to their Clubs and overall personality and presentation skills. Soon, we will announce our 2014 Regional Youth of the Year who will represent Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida at the state Youth of the Year competition. 

Cocoa Branch Grand Opening!

On January 15, BGCCF proudly unveiled our new Cocoa Branch to the local community. Nearly 100 guests and capital campaign supporters attended the official grand opening and toured the beautiful new Club… our third in Brevard County. The two story, 10,000 square foot Club features a youth game room, teen center, sound studio, tech lab, and much more. Thank you to everyone for helping to make this much-needed location a reality for children in the Cocoa/Rockledge area.

Cocoa Grand Opening

BGCCF Named Four-Star Charity By Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator

We’re proud to have earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator—only 3% of nonprofits nationwide can claim this accomplishment. We’ve worked hard to be fiscally accountable and demonstrate to our supporters that we are an open book committed to running a sound organization. Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of America’s largest charities. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Please CLICK HERE to view our four star rating.

 

 

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