Joan Mwangangi to Now Vie for State Title and Scholarship
DALLAS, Jan. 22, 2019 – Selected among six outstanding youth, Joan Mwangangi has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 72nd year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. Joan will go on to contend for the Texas Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“Joan has proven to be an exceptional Club member and embodies the core values of Boys & Girls Clubs. We are excited to have her represent us at the state level,” said Charles English, President/CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.
Originally from Kenya and a family where education is considered top priority, Mwangangi considers the Boys & Girls Club of Grand Prairie as her extended family and credits it for introducing her to a real American experience. It was at the Club where she found her natural ability as a public speaker and support during the ups and downs of high school.
Mwangangi has consistently taken stake into her Club, which she has been a part of for seven years. In addition to volunteering and co-organizing fundraisers, she is also the president of the Keystone Club, a teen group dedicated to leadership and community service.
As a Club member, Mwagangi has taken part in numerous programs offered by the Boys & Girls Club but has been drawn especially those with health and wellness focus. With her eyes set on a degree in kinesiology, she understands the need to live a healthy lifestyle that takes eating right and daily exercise into consideration.
If Joan wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Southwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. in September 2019, to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000.
The Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by The Walt Disney Company, who has supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota is the Signature Sponsor of the national Youth of the Year program.
For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit youthoftheyear.org.