2016-17 Southwest Youth of the Year
Before Melanie started high school, she had no idea where her path would lead. Joining her local Boys & Girls Club brought Melanie into a supportive environment that encouraged her to plan for the future and instilled in her the belief that she could achieve anything with hard work. Not only did her Club inspire Melanie to dream big, it also equipped her with the skills and tools needed to accomplish her new goals, one of which is becoming a doctor.
The Club helped Melanie become a well-rounded young woman who excels beyond her academic achievements. She served as captain of her high school drill team and secretary of service for her Boys & Girls Club’s Keystone Club. She also regularly volunteers in her community.
Melanie is a rising sophomore at the University of Texas where she studies biochemistry. In the future, she hopes to open a medical practice that is affordable for low-income households.