2015-16 Pacific Youth of the Year
Club/Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley
Length of Membership: ______
College/University: Salt Lake Community College
Major: Human Services
Career Aspiration: A career in Youth Development
“I believe each of us has a purpose and a place in life. How we get there is up to us. The Club has helped me find my path.”
Emily’s Boys & Girls Club was often like a safe port in a raging storm. Shuffled to 11 schools in as many years, and with a home life both unstable and uncertain, Emily responded to her circumstances with determination and positivity. She credits Club staff with helping her to keep pace with her peers, which enabled her to become the first in her family to graduate from high school. Emily has eagerly given back to her Club in numerous ways, including by giving tours and representing the organization at public events. She served as president of Keystone Club, BGCA’s teen leadership group, and mentored younger Club members as a Junior Staff participant. Emily is currently studying study human services at Salt Lake Community College and plans to pursue a career in youth development.