Congratulations to the 2016 Arizona State Youths of the Year!
Presented by: Fiesta Bowl Charities
Paola Bustamante (pictured Left with Attorney General Mark Brnovich) and Meghan Mangrum
Goel Ellis, of Tucson, and Jennifer Hernandez, of Sahuarita, were honored as Boys & Girls Club State “Youth of the Year” at the 14th Annual Arizona Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs of Legislative Breakfast.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich attended and provided welcoming remarks at the Youth of the Year ceremony in downtown Phoenix. The keynote address was delivered by Ann Meyers Drysdale, one of the first women inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. On-hand for the ceremony were student nominees and their families, Boys & Girls Club supporters, State and local officials and other dignitaries.
Paola, 17, has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson for the last 11 years. She was selected Youth of the Year from among a panel of highly-qualified finalists from across Arizona. Meghan, 18, attends the Luke AFB Youth Program, and was honored as Military Youth of the Year from among the State’s five military Clubs. Both teens were honored for their exceptional accomplishments in overcoming adversity, serving their community and achieving academic excellence. Each will receive scholarship support from national sponsors Disney, the University of Phoenix, Toyota and the Taco Bell Foundation.
The Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs
Our Scope of Service
- 24 Boys & Girls Club organizations in Arizona
- 33 Cities in Arizona have at least one Boys & Girls Club
- 61 Club Sites in Arizona
- Average attendance in Arizona Clubs is 7,521 young people per day
Where We are Located
- 22% of club sites are located in rural communities, 32% of club sites are located in urban communities and 31% of club sites are located in suburban communities
- 61% are traditional club sites, 15% of club sites are located on Native American lands, and 10% are located in schools
Who We Serve
- 56% males and 44% females
- 36% Hispanic, 30% Caucasian, 11% Native-American, 11% African-American, 4% Multi-Racial, 2% Asian and 7% Other
- 3% age 5 & under, 47% age 6-10, 20% age 11-12; 21% age 13-15, and 10% age 16 & over
Who Provides the Leadership
- 310 full time and 577 part time employees provide the program services and management of the Boys & Girls Club organizations
- 3,841 volunteers assist in providing program services to youth
- 612 additional volunteers assist in providing management, administrative, or general organizational support