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LOUISVILL, Ky. (WDRB) -- Alexcia Simmons has been named the Kentucky Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive.
As the new teen representative for all traditional Boys & Girls Clubs in Kentucky Simmons will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation and a $1,000 college scholarship from the Kentucky Area Council of Boys & Girls Clubs.
As BGCA's premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. The recognition program encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. These extraordinary young leaders are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.
Simmons, age 16, is a true example of an extraordinary young leader. She has been a member of the Jeffersonville Boys & Girls Club (part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana) for over nine years and attends the Club on a daily basis. Simmons is a sophomore at Jeffersonville High School.
She is an honor roll student and a member of the school choir. Simmons serves as President of the Jeffersonville Boys & Girls Club's Keystone Club, a teen group dedicated to leadership and community service. Through her work with Keystone Club and other groups, Simmons has been very involved with the local community.
Her volunteer activities have included:
Serving meals to the homeless
Organizing a food and supply drive for tornado victims in Clark County, Indiana
Beautifying area parks
spending time with senior citizens at a local nursing home
Simmons is not only a role model for her peers and younger kids at the Club but also for Club staff. After graduating high school, she plans to attend Vanderbilt University to major in pre-med and become an Obstetrician/Gynecologist.
"Alexcia and all Youth of the Year nominees are living proof that Boys & Girls Clubs across the country are fulfilling their mission of inspiring and enabling young people to Be GREAT," said Jim Clark, President and CEO, BGCA. "We are most appreciative to Tupperware Brands for its long-time support of Boys & Girls Clubs and providing scholarships to help our members attain their goals."
This summer, Simmons will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members within the Midwest Region. If she's named a regional winner, Simmons will be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program's national sponsor.
Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2013, to compete for the title of BGCA's National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.
"As a long time supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, I am proud of Tupperware's involvement in the Youth of the Year program," said Rick Goings, Chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands Corporation. "We strongly believe in these future leaders of tomorrow and are proud to support their continuing education."
For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.bgca.org/yoy.