On the evening of Thursday, March 23 hundreds of guests including donors, community partners, volunteers, board members, staff and Club members gathered to celebrate our outstanding youth at the 29th Annual Steak 'N Burger Dinner. The evening included talent acts by Club members, recognition of our top volunteers, awards for community partners, and speeches by our four Youth of the Year Finalists. The evening concluded with Scott Russell of Ferguson Enterprises announcing Amanda Minick as the 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula Youth of the Year!
Amanda won over the crowd and earned a standing ovation after sharing her incredible story of rising above adversity. From a young age, Amanda has overcome sexual assault, personal tragedies, and family conflicts. Through all of this, there has been one safe constant: her local Boys & Girls Club and the Unit Director who she loves like a father.
"My Boys & Girls Club has taught me to keep my chin up and to carry my head high. My Club has helped me see my future and showed me how to help others," Amanda said about the impact of the Club.
Far less significant experiences have hindered an individual's success, but Amanda has overcome her tragedies and setbacks with a grace that is beyond her 17 years. Her Unit Director, Gary Rippel, said "Amanda doesn't dwell on the past, but focuses on the future and the success that awaits her. Amanda is a role model, a leader, and a compassionate young lady who puts others first and is focused on helping others overcome their struggles in life."
As Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula's Youth of the Year, Amanda will serve as an ambassador for the organization. The winner is also presented a scholarship and is entered into the State Youth of the Year competition for a chance to advance to Regional and National competition and represent Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Learn more about Amanda in her profile on an earlier blog post.
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