Posted: March 7th, 2016

Six students inspired judges with their stories of service and commitment to community.


Six students inspired judges with their stories of service and commitment to community.

MEMPHIS, March 3, 2016 – Shanice White will represent Memphis at the State Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year Competition in Nashville March 28-30th. White is a junior at Kingsbury High School and represented the Ira Samelson Jr. Boys & Girls Club.

Youth of the Year is the highest award available in the Boys & Girls Clubs organization. Six exemplary students from each branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis competed in interviews in the categories of; My Club Experience, My Vision for America’s Youth and My Personal Brand. Community leaders representing branches of industry and philanthropy evaluated the students based on these categories, their poise and public speaking ability.

Shanice is an honor student athlete at school where she plays both volleyball and softball while maintaining a 3.2 GPA.  At the Boys & Girls Clubs she participates in the Job Seekers Program and is active in community volunteer projects such as neighborhood cleanups and soup kitchens; she also enjoys mentoring and being a positive role model for the younger members.

Shanice says she came to the Boys & Girls Club looking for a place to thrive and grow.

“My Club experience has provided me with a safe place to come in the afternoons and evenings and has kept me motivated to improve myself. I feel empowered when I walk through those doors and I want to share that same motivation with younger students who come from similar backgrounds and lifestyles,” White said. “I want to show them that regardless of your race, ethnicity, income level or home environment you have the ability to make good choices, study hard, and be the best person that you can possibly be.”

Shanice also credits the Club for her academic success. She says that one of the biggest advantages of being a member is the access to quality computers and high speed internet, a luxury that is not available to her at her home, so that she may complete her homework assignments correctly and on time.

The purpose of the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Contest is to select a student who exemplifies the mission of the organization to serve as a spokesperson. Each club representative received a gift from Kendra Scott Jewelry and gift cards to use toward college applications, ACT fees and other related expenses.  Brown also received an iPad.

Shanice said, “The Boys & Girls Club hasn’t just been a place of recreation for me. It’s been a home away from home – a source of accomplishment and encouragement, and a blueprint for my future.”

2016 Youth of the Year Contestants:

Jalesa Wallace, a junior at Booker T. Washington High School, representing the Porter Goodwill Club

Allison Rae McKinney, a sophmore at the Memphis Business Academy Home of the Executives, representing the John Dustin Buckman Club

Kris’Nesha Wright, a junior at Kirby High School, representing the Bernal E. Smith Sr. Branch

Patriana Jackson, a senior at White Station High School, representing the Sycamore View Club

Kierra Fields, a senior at Oakhaven High School, representing the Oakhaven Club

Shanice White – a junior at Kingsbury High School, representing the Ira Samelson Jr. Club

To hear from Shanice and our other Youth of the Year candidates what the Boys & Girls Club means to each of them watch our Youth of the Year video:

For media inquiries, or to arrange an interview, please contact
Mandy Powell, VP of Development & External Affairs at mandyp [at] bgcm [dot] org or 901.278.2947

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