Boys and Girls Club Member, Andrew, Chosen Youth of The Year

You wouldn’t know Andrew was once a very shy person if you’ve had the pleasure of seeing him sing in front of large audiences. His experience at the Club and as Youth of the Year finalist has helped him grow confidence and come out of his shell.

Q. How long have you been going to the Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch?

A. I have been attending the Stewart Branch for four years.

Q. What activities or programs are you a part of at the Club?

A. I am an active member in L.I.T., which stands for Leaders In Training. I am everywhere around the Club, helping kids out. I also sing at talent shows the Club hosts.

Q. How has the Club helped you in other aspects of your life – school, at home, sports?

A. The Club has helped me to overcome my shyness and open up to people. I’m definitely calmer now.

Q. You were chosen as a Youth of the Year (YOY) finalist. How do you feel about that? What does that entail?

A. Being chosen as YOY finalist was exciting because my Club chose me out of all the teens. As a YOY, I was coached on how to deliver a speech. The experience itself helped me grow as a person. It really taught me to be kind to others and connect with other peers.

Q. What advice would you give to younger kids about succeeding in life?

A. Stay true to yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do. Don’t care what others think.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about attending the Club?

A. My favorite thing about attending the Club is getting to see my friends and the staff. I have a good relationship with the staff here.

Q. What would you be doing if you didn’t have the Club?

A. I would probably be at home watching tv and doing nothing if I didn’t have the Club.

Q. What are your future plans?

A. I intend to go to a community college and then transfer to a university to become a Math teacher.

Andrew is a sophomore at Marcos de Niza High School and attends Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch.

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