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Congratulations to the 2017 Arizona State Youths of the Year!
Presented by: Fiesta Bowl Charities

Leonel Cano Leon of Phoenix and MaKenzie Jones of Yuma

Leonel Cano Leon, of Phoenix, and MaKenzie Jones of Yuma, were honored last week as Boys & Girls Club State “Youth of the Year” at the 16th Annual Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Legislative Breakfast, presented by Fiesta Bowl Charities.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich attended and provided welcoming remarks at the Youth of the Year ceremony hosted by Talking Stick Arena in downtown Phoenix. The keynote address was delivered by Vicki Mayo, the chief executive officer for TouchPoint Solutions. Attendees included student nominees and their families, Boys & Girls Club supporters, state and local officials and other dignitaries.

Leon, 18, the State of Arizona Youth of the Year winner, currently attends North Canyon High School. He is a representative of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, and has been a dedicated member of the Ed Robson Family Branch since it first opened its doors in 2008. Leo participates in all opportunities offered at his Club, and inspires the younger members by teaching art and dance, as well as coaching soccer. He plans to attend Arizona State University and aspires to be a visual artist for Disney or Marvel Studios. Read more...

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

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