2012 Youth of The Year Winner
GREAT FUTURES START HERE: EXCEPTIONAL CENTRAL VIRGINIA TEEN WINS YOUTH OF THE YEAR HONOR FOR Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia
Shania Breckenridge wins 2nd place at state Youth of the Year competition
Charlottesville, VA, [April 10, 2012] – Selected among the top outstanding youth in the state of Virginia, Shania Breckenridge, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia Youth of the Year, competed against other Virginia Boys & Girls Club members last week for the Virginia Youth of the Year title finishing in 2nd place. As the 2012 Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, 18-year old Shania is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. Shania was also the 2011 Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia Youth of the Year finishing runner-up at the 2011 Virginia Youth of the Year competition.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.
“Shania is a shining example of our future leaders and we are proud that she is part of our Boys & Girls Club family,” said James Pierce, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.
Shania has been a member of the Madison County Unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia since it opened its doors in 2007. In fact, she was the first member to register! She started by participating in a number of programs including Power Hour, an after school homework help and tutoring program, and worked her way up to become a volunteer and then a Junior Staff member who helps lead these programs. Outside of the Club, Shania is part of the Madison County High School Cheer Squad, an active member of the Student Council, and a National Honor Society Recipient as well as a member of the Antioch Baptist Church. Upon graduating from high school, Shania will be attending Old Dominion University and plans to pursue a career in nursing.