Seven Teens Compete for 2022 Palm Beach County Youth of the Year Title

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CAPEHART Photography – 2022 Youth of the Year Finalists

On Friday, February 25, seven exceptional local youth from Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County will compete to be named the 2022 Palm Beach County Youth of the Year. Finalists will have the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership abilities, academic success and cultivating experiences with a speech at a memorable dinner held at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, Fla. from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Youth of the Year program highlights the Boys & Girls Club mission and its impact on 10,000 young people annually in Palm Beach County.

“This incredible event takes place every year, allowing our teen members to showcase all of their accomplishments,” said President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Jaene Miranda. “On one of the biggest nights of their lives, they will have the opportunity to share their stories and will receive recognition for all that they have achieved. We’re excited to host this event once again and to crown the next county winner who will not only compete in the state competition but will proudly represent Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.

Youth of the Year is a Boys & Girls Clubs of America premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members across the country. Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the Palm Beach County Youth of the Year and then compete in the state competition for the chance to move onto the regional and then finally national competition.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is excited to announce the continuation of the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation scholarship program. This program provides a 4-year Florida Prepaid College scholarships to the seven Club Youth of the Year finalists and a 4-year University scholarship, including room, board, and applicable fees for the County Youth of the Year winner.

The 2022 Palm Beach County Youth of the Year candidates are Kaleb Rolle from Florence De George Boys & Girls Clubs of West Palm Beach, Marissa Alteus from Marjorie S. Fisher Boys & Girls Club of West Palm Beach, Alysa Williamson from Max M. Fisher Boys & Girls Club of Rivera Beach, Aryatha Dornezon from Boys & Girls Club of Delray Beach, Jean Dalmacy from Boys & Girls Club of Boca Raton, Jermaine Lovely from Smith & Moore Family Teen Center of Belle Glade, and Valencia Jean from Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington.

Finalists were selected to represent their Club by a preliminary competition that included a comprehensive application, three essays, three letters of recommendation, and an interview in front of a panel of judges made up of the Club’s advisory board members. Three-minute speeches presented live at the dinner will serve as the final scoring factor to determine the Palm Beach County title winner.

Leading the charge as event Chairs are Olympia Bishop and Wilder Regalbuto. Supporting as Honorary Chairs are Honorable Danielle H. Moore and Honorable Lesly S. Smith.

The Youth of the Year Dinner is presented by Publix Super Markets Charities and is powered by Comcast. This year’s Great Futures Champion is The Mary Alice Fountain Foundation. Senior Sponsors include Office Depot, C. Kenneth & Laura Baxter Foundation and Cresset Capital, Debbie & Bob Dunkin. Joining them are Junior Sponsors Olympia & Brooks Bishop, Carrier, The John A. Moran Charitable Trust, Wilder & Jason Regalbuto. Sophomore Sponsors are Ann-Britt & Christian Angle, Ed Morse Automotive Group, Mary & Mark Freitas, Christine & Bob Stiller, Taylor Family Foundation. Freshman Sponsors include Fischer, Sylvia James, Norwest Equity Partners and Lisa Russo.

Youth of the Year Table sponsors are BMO Wealth Management, Florida Power & Light, Florida Virtual School, Dr. Brown-Graham, Inlet Private Wealth, JFO Group, Inc., The Kress Family, Nicolette & Charles Lerman, Moss & Associates and The William H. Pitt Foundation. Future Youth of the Year Club Sponsors are Klif Gehring, Carol & Tom Kirchhoff, Independent Seafoods and Tropical Shipping. The Club Viewing Party Sponsor is Gardens Wealth Management.

Underwriters include Carla Cove, The Gardens Mall, Joan & Avery Klann, Moss & Associates, Nicole & Keith Williams, Christine & Bob Stiller.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Development Manager Nicole Miranda at 561-676-5472 or nmiranda@bgcpbc.org or click the button below.

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