Tuesday, May 10, 2016

West High School junior named Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

Selected among six outstanding youth, Arielys Liriano has been named the 2016 New Hampshire Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

The program honors our nation's most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. As the NH Youth of the Year, Arielys will serve as an ambassador for all teens in the state, will receive  $16,000 in college scholarships from BGCA, the Ninety-Nine Restaurants and an anonymous donor, and will go on to compete in the regional Youth of the Year, ultimately vying for the national title.

Liriano has devoted more than 600 hours to giving back to the Manchester community through her involvement in Key Club, Manchester High School West and church activities. In addition to being a great leader and role model, she is a dedicated student and excels in her advanced studies classes and has been recognized as Scholar of the Month.  She is a former student of Breakthrough Manchester and serves as a teacher for middle school students. Liriano is interested in pursuing a degree in the field of higher education, law or medicine.

Liriano has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for nine years and serves as president of the organization's teen leadership program, the Keystone Club. She serves as a strong role model and wants to motivate youth to make an impact in their communities. As Youth of the Year, she hopes to represent what Boys & Girls Clubs are all about:  leadership, service and academic excellence. She states, "As Youth of the Year, I will be the best version of myself in order to motivate and mentor others."

"Arielys and all Youth of the Year nominees are living proof that Boys & Girls Clubs across the country are fulfilling our mission of inspiring and enabling young people to achieve great futures," said Jim Clark, president and CEO, BGCA.  "Being named Youth of the Year is a lifelong honor. As the NH Youth of the Year, Arielys will serve as a spokesperson for our young people, sharing her inspiring story and leading the way to transform communities for the better."

Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported BGCA for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is committed to helping improve the quality of life in our communities, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring youth have access to a quality education. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a national education partner that has joined with BGCA to impact academic success among youth across the country, and the Taco Bell Foundation, BGCA's premier partner for teen empowerment.

This summer, Arielys will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members within the Northeast Region. If named regional winner, she will be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military youth winner, will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2016, to compete for the title of BGCA's National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable for four years up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

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