2016-17 Pacific Military Youth of the Year
Ashley has a bright STEM future ahead, thanks to the mentors and resources she discovered at her Boys & Girls Club-affiliated Youth Center at the Hill Air Force Base. The adults at her Club encouraged Ashley to pursue courses that she thought were out of reach, and they helped her succeed with one-on-one help and handy study skills. Best of all, the Club brought STEM to Ashley’s fingertips.
From the Teen Aviation camp Ashley attended to the Club’s advanced technology, like 3D modeling software and 3D printing, the Club made STEM subjects accessible. The Club opened doors for Ashley by facilitating conversations with individuals in her interested career fields, like mechanical engineering and neurophysiology. The Club staff’s active involvement in Ashley’s career path helped propel her toward a great future. They even took Ashley on a college tour road trip to help her transition successfully into the next chapter of her life.
Ashley has learned that she can achieve anything she sets her mind to and that she can thrive in a STEM career. She is currently a sophomore at Utah State University studying aerospace engineering and plans to become an aeronautical engineer. Starting with small goals of interning at Hill AFB or Orbital ATK, her goal is to one day work at NASA. She currently volunteers in her community.