2015-16 Northeast Youth of the Year
Club/Organization: Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley
Length of Membership: 12 years
College/University: Southern Connecticut State University
Career Aspiration: A career in International Business
“From positive role models to being given the chance of a great future, I am forever indebted to my Club for changing my outlook on life and allowing me to see the positives – even when faced with so many negatives.”
When she and her siblings were sent to live with her father (who has multiple sclerosis), Brooke had to take on adult responsibilities.
She also found that many of her new peers were making poor choices. Brooke refused to let her situation define her. Instead, she became intensely involved at the Club. She served as president of Torch Club, the tween service and leadership group, and later was president of the teen leadership group, Keystone Club. Brooke helped her family handle tough issues with poise, grace and determination. As a result, her family members are thriving. While working 35 hours a week in high school, Brooke maintained the requisite grades to be a National Honor Society member. Brooke is a junior at Southern Connecticut State University and is majoring in business.