This profile is part of a series featuring our Youth of the Year Finalists. To learn more about our Youth of the Year Program and how we select a winner, you can visit our previous blog post.
Amanda is a fighter. Literally, as a certified Tae Kwon Do instructor, and figuratively, overcoming horrific childhood experiences.
From the early age of six-years-old, 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 his 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.”
At the Club, Amanda enjoys taking field trips, especially college tours, and the annual Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation summer camp. She assists with holiday parties and helps organize the Adopt-a-Highway program. Younger members enjoy attending Tae Kwon Do classes led by Amanda, a school blackbelt and certified instructor.
Amanda is currently a Junior with an impressive 3.2 GPA. At school she enjoys participating in choir, art, and DECA, a marketing organization. After graduation, Amanda hopes to earn a degree in Criminal Justice and to pursue a career as a profiler for the FBI.
“Amanda is one of the most deserving people I know, and it would be an honor to have her represent the organization as the 2017 Youth of the Year.” – Gary Rippell, Unit Director
Actual (not really) footage of Amanda being amazing:
So, do you think Amanda will be the 2017 Youth of the Year?
Stay tuned for more Youth of the Year Finalist spotlights. You can meet Amere here.
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