2015-16 Midwest Youth of the Year
Club/Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties
Length of Membership: 6 years
College/University: Bowling Green State University
Career Aspiration: Journalist
“If it weren’t for this place I call home, I don’t believe I would have found my voice. I don’t believe I would have found my passion for music. I don’t believe I would have graduated from high school on time, and I don’t believe I would be going to college. The Boys & Girls Club changed my life and I am forever grateful.”
Alora literally found her voice at the Club.
Seeking refuge from a difficult home situation, she joined the Club as a shy 12-year-old. When she was cast in a Club production of the musical “Dreamgirls,” Alora had to face her fears. The success she discovered onstage gave her the confidence to make positive changes in her life.
On the verge of being sent to alternative school due to poor academic performance, she joined a Club mentoring program. Alora’s mentor challenged her to put more effort into her schoolwork. In one semester, she increased her grade point average from 2.9 to 3.9. Alora was active in Keystone Club, Cooking Club and Tomorrow’s Promise. As the heart and soul of the Club’s drama group, she has acted, danced, sang and directed productions. Alora attends Bowling Green State University and plans to become a journalist.