YOUTH of the year 2012
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Youth of the Year 18-year-old Ahbria Marshall of the Northwest Club was honored this year as our “Weekend Marlins” first pitch ball thrower on June 22 game. Marshall, who is in the Top 4 in Florida Youth of the Year, has been a Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade member since she was in 2nd grade. She is active in Girl Scouts, and a member of the 4-H Club.
She helped launch the Cultural Arts Program at the organization’s Northwest Club, and was active in the afterschool enrichment program offered at that club, which works to bring awareness of health, fitness, nutrition and the upkeep of animals and plants at the club. Marshall graduated magna cum laude from Miami Northwestern Senior High School this year, and will be attending Florida International University in Miami in the fall. Her ambition is to become a newscaster.
2010 Florida Youth of the Year Award Finalist
Luis Concepcion, 18, graduated on June 2010 from Coral Gables High School and is a Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Hank Kline Club member since he was 7 years old. Luis was one of the four finalists at the Florida Youth of the Year State Competition in Sarasota, Florida held on April 12, 2010. For the past three years, he has been chosen as the Organizational Winner to represent the Clubs of Miami- Dade. As a finalist, Concepcion was awarded $1,000 educational scholarship sponsored by the Florida Alliance Group.
The Youth of the Year Award is the highest honor that a young man or woman can earn in the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement. The event features more than 28 youths, ages 14-18, from different Boys & Girls Clubs of Florida. Applicants are screened and judged on leadership qualities and services exhibited through: home and family, moral character, community, school, service to club, life goals, obstacles overcome, essays, poise and public speaking.
“Being selected one of the finalist was a great honor. This experience was a real eye opener. It reminded me that we all face obstacles but we have to keep moving forward to reach success,” said Concepcion, who is planning to attend Florida Atlantic University to study Writing and one day become a Composer.
We are honored to have a young man like Luis involved in the Boys & Girls Clubs movement. He is a true Champion and we wish him the very best.