2017-18 Southwest Youth of the Year
Club/Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Benton County
Member Since: 2011
Intended College/University: Johns Hopkins Medical School
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: Trauma Surgeon
“Your past does not determine your future. You get to write your own story.”
Fernanda started attending the Club when she was just 6 years old and the Club quickly became a place where she could be a kid. Joining the Keystone Club, a leadership program for teens, she gained a sense of belonging, acceptance and confidence. Fernanda became the youngest person at her Club to hold the title of Keystone Club president and started a Keystone Club at her school to get more teens interested in coming to the Boys & Girls Club.
Today, she is passionate about helping other families who have struggled. As president of Keystone Club, Fernanda raised nearly $500 for families and individuals in Mexico. This was enough to buy food, school supplies, clothes and medicine for families.
Fernanda not only thrives as a young philanthropist, but also as an academic. After she graduates from high school next spring, she hopes to double major in pre-med science and political science at University of North Carolina, Columbia or Georgetown University. From there, she aspires to attend Johns Hopkins Medical School to become a trauma surgeon. Eventually, Fernanda hopes to work with Doctors Without Borders.