This post is part of a series on our Youth of the Year Finalists. Learn more about our Youth of the Year process in our earlier post here, and meet our other Finalists Amere and Amanda.
Sheana Stroud is a humanitarian. In her home life, school life, and Club life, Sheana does her best to ensure the needs of others are met.
Sheana joined Boys & Girls Clubs 10 years ago at our Mathews Unit. She remembers walking in the first day and being surrounded with screams of excitement and joy and knowing then that she would love it.
Knowing how involved with the Club Sheana is, it is hard to believe she has not always been outgoing. She says she was very shy as a kid and didn’t like meeting new people. "The Club helped me socialize and be more comfortable speaking with people, which helped a lot when starting high school and tried out for the cheerleading team," said Sheana. Now in her senior year, Sheana is honored to be team captain!
In the future, Sheana hopes to work for Child Protection Services. She realized she has a love for working with children, and Boys & Girls Clubs has helped her discover her passion. “I started thinking about the kids who aren’t able to have the opportunity I had when I was a kid… I want to show those kids that good things do happen for good people. I want to be the person to help them with their financial issues or their household problems,” said Sheana.
As a Junior Staff member, Sheana already has opportunity to act as a mentor. She enjoys talking with the younger members and explaining the difference between good and bad behavior and how members can improve behavior.
Beyond the Club, Sheana partakes in numerous community service projects. She cleans local parks and beaches, participates in school service opportunities, and Adopt-a-Family. She particularly enjoys being able to help a family in need during the holidays.
It is clear that Sheana cares deeply about others and her community.
Do you think she will be our 2017 Youth of the Year?
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