My name is She'ana. I am 18 and getting ready to graduate from High School, but have attended the Mathews Unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula since I was nine. As a shy child, the screams of excitement and joy at the Club were overwhelming. But after my first day, I just knew I was going to love it here.
Before the Club, I avoided talking and didn't like meeting new people. But the Club taught me to be confident in myself, and that helped me so much during my freshman year of high school. I really came out of my shell when I gained enough self-esteem to try out for the High School Cheerleading Squad. I made the team and soon became captain. The Club gave me a second home and family, and the support and love I received there changed my life for the better.
Being a member of the Club has taught me to be grateful for what I already have. Last fall, I was selected as the Mathews Club Youth of the Year. I'm honored to write to you today on behalf of thousands of kids to advocate for Boys & Girls Clubs. It really is an inspiring place, and in fact has inspired my career goals. I intend to become a Child Protective Services agent to help others, like the Club helped me.
Please consider making a donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula so that they can continue to create Great Futures like they did for me and the other 6,000 youth served annually. It's like they always say... "Be who you needed when you were younger."
2017 Youth of the Year Finalist