2018-19 Pacific Youth of the Year
Club/Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake Utah
Member Since: 2006
Intended College/University: University of Utah
Career Goal: Engineering
“If nothing else, be true to self.”
Growing up, Jeniya faced many challenges and struggled finding a sense of belonging. Fortunately, the Club has been a constant in his life since he was 5 years old. Jeniya credits the Club for providing him with role models and mentors who have helped him to grow and develop meaningful relationships.
Jeniya pays it forward by mentoring younger Club members. He helps lead the Passport to Manhood program, for instance, which engages younger boys in discussions and activities to reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior. Jeniya also feeds people in the community who are homeless and participates in Kids Café, a program that provides children at the Club with meals.
Jeniya is a high school junior and plans to study engineering at the University of Utah.