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Boys & Girls Clubs of SLC Host Youth of the Year Leadership Day

Boys & Girls Clubs of SLC

Four teens who are competing to become Youth of the Year in St. Lucie County met with political, community, business and educational leaders as part of the Fourth Annual Leadership Day, sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County (BGCSLC) in partnership with GL Homes.

On the same day, BGCSLC was presented with the Business and Industry Aware for Non-Profit Business of the Year by the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce.

The four candidates, Jeaniela C., Thernell M., Trisitan M. and Rebecca J. have been chosen to represent their home Clubhouses in Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie. These talented young people will go on to compete to be named BGCSLC Youth of the Year, which entitles the local winner to compete statewide for further honors.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive.  The Youth of the Year title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. Leadership Day is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year premier recognition program presented by longtime Clubs supporters Ken and Aileen Pruitt.

Leadership Day exposes the Youth of the Year candidates to St. Lucie leaders and helps prepare candidates for their competition. To start the day, Club members had breakfast at Keiser University with County Commissioner Linda Bartz; Port St. Lucie Councilwoman Stephanie Morgan; Fort Pierce Commissioner Jeremiah Johnson; and Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson.

The candidates later traveled to St. Lucie Medical Center’s Darwin Square ER where they toured the facility and learned about the medical profession.  Next, the group had a tour with Dr. Edwin R. Massey, President of Indian River State College. Candidates also recorded video interviews to practice public speaking skills.

Before finishing the day with a panel discussion with business leaders at the BGCSLC Garden Terrace Clubhouse in Fort Pierce, the candidates stopped at the Sunrise Theater to learn about the history of the theater and take a backstage tour of the facility.

Panel participants were business leaders Shelly Thomas, Assistant Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank; Charlene Mako-Heim, South Florida Area Manager, Wawa, Inc.; Glenn Ryals, Vice President, GL Homes and Leadership Day Sponsor; Wayne Gent, Superintendent of St Lucie Public Schools; Roger Priest, Vice

President, R.K. Davis Construction; and Jeannie Jacobson, Occupational Marketing Representative at CareNow Urgent Care.

St. Lucie County’s Youth of the Year winner will be announced at the Boys & Girls Clubs annual celebration February 21st at the Santa Lucia Club at Ballantrae. This celebration is open and free to the public. RSVP to Alicia Marshall, BGCSLC Director of Marketing and Special Events, at 772-460-9918.

The Chamber of Commerce award presentation came during the Chamber’s BASH (Business and Social Hour) hosted by BGCSLC that evening at its Garden Terrace Clubhouse in Fort Pierce.  It was a great evening of networking and socializing with appetizers donated by Carter’s Grocery.



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