Youth of the Year 2016



The Youth of the Year (YOY) award is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. Each year our organization, along with thousands of other Boys & Girls Clubs throughout this nation, host Youth of the Year competitions to select one youth that embodies leadership, service, and academic excellence. 


Bradley Teter
 
2016 Youth of the Year
Sprague Clubhouse

Selected as the 2016 Youth of the Year, Bradley Teter, age 16, will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Colorado Youth of the Year title. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive.
 
As Boys & Girls Clubs of America’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 Youth of the Year competition encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.
 
“The Youth of the Year competition is truly one of the most memorable times of the year for us at Boys & Girls Clubs because it highlights the power of the Club to change and even save lives,” said Melanie Bravo, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County. “Bradley is a great example of a young person who, through hard work and determination, has overcome obstacles in his quest for a great future.” We are very proud of his accomplishments and his drive to be a positive role model!”
 
Bradley is currently ranked 9th in his high school class and works hard to maintain a 4.2 GPA while taking honors classes, playing competitive sports, and staying active in Club activities. A Boys & Girls Clubs member since 2010, Brad has been an outstanding role model and mentor for younger kids. Club members say they look up to Brad because he is sincere when he talks with them, he is easy to relate to, and he always makes the time to see how they are feeling and how their day is going. Brad has graduated from nearly every Club program and is currently a Junior Staff, President of the Keystone Club, and a key leader of the Social Action Project. His peers consider him a great role model and a true friend. Brad plans to pursue a degree in Engineering.

“I see endless opportunities for my future by being a member of Boys & Girls Club. I am making the most positive decisions that I can possibly make by attending the Club and staying off the streets. The Club has helped me find the confidence to believe in myself and has helped me to overcome the challenge to maintain my commitment and dedication. The culture at Boys & Girls Club has allowed for me to desire to earn the life that I want, and to be even more present in my daily life because of my experience at the Club. I believe that respect, responsibility and dedication are the keys to be successful,” stated Teter.

As the Pueblo County Winner, Bradley is eligible for a full-ride scholarship at Colorado State University-Pueblo. If Bradley wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of Southwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2016, 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.


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