2018-19 Midwest Youth of the Year
Club/Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Illinois
Member Since: 2008
Intended College/University: University of Missouri - Kansas City
Career Goal: Doctor
“My Club has motivated me to find my true potential in life and strive through hard work to achieve it.”
Cynthia first entered Club doors 10 years ago. Both her older sisters attended the Club. Though apprehensive at first, Cynthia quickly fell in love with this place where learned more about herself and pursued her passions. The Club exposed her to athletics, which inspired her to pursue cheerleading and track at her high school. She also discovered a love for the arts, becoming an active participant in the Club’s fashion and dance programs.
Victimized by bullies as she grew up, Cynthia was moved to develop the anti-bullying program she called MY VOICE. The program has two tracks: one for bullying victims; the other for family, friends and community members who have witnessed bullying and want to be a force for change.
A high school senior, Cynthia plans to attend the University of Missouri - Kansas City, to pursue a career in medicine. Her goal is to be become a doctor with the ability to heal both physical and emotional trauma and create a safe and healing environment for patients.