2018 Youth of the Year

Sufreimy Mota Mercedes

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

Springfield Boys & Girls Club 2017 Youth of the Year
Sufreimy Mota Mercedes

The Springfield Boys & Girls Club names Sufreimy Mota Mercedes the 2018 Youth of the Year. Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

The Springfield Boys & Girls Club is proud to announce Sufreimy Mota Mercedes as this year’s Youth of the Year! Sufreimy is a 14-year-old freshman at Baystate Academy Charter Public School, and has been a member of the Club for the past 8 years. At the Club, Sufreimy is actively involved as the Key Stone President and is employed as a junior staff member during the academic year.

Sufreimy is an exemplary student. As an honor roll student, she has excelled in school and is interested in pursuing engineering after graduating high school.This year, Springfield College has awarded our winner Sufreimy with a $20,000 scholarship over a four year span at Springfield College. As the winner she will represent the Springfield Boys & Girls Club at the state level Youth of the Year competition, where she will compete for scholarships and potentially participate in a regional competition. The Springfield Boys & Girls Club is honored to have Sufreimy represent the Club for the 2018 year and wish her all the best!

The Club would like to thank our judges this year for speaking to our candidates and making the tough decision; State Representative Carlos Gonzalez, Springfield College Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Shannon Finning and A Grateful Space owner, Anna Brunelle.

 

Springfield College Scholarship 

This year, Springfield College has awarded our winner Sufreimy with a $20,000 scholarship over a four years span at Springfield College. 

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