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2019 Youth of the Year Nominees & Community Supporters to be Celebrated During Angels Among Us Breakfast on December 7

Dec 3, 2018

Event features Annual “Youth of the Year” Awards recognizing Club kids who demonstrate
exemplary character and leadership

AUSTIN, TEXAS (Dec. 3, 2018) — In celebration of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) youth and to honor those whose actions consistently exemplify the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs, the organization will host its annual “Angels Among Us” Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

“Our Angels Among Us Breakfast provides a wonderful opportunity for us to shine a light on the kids who make our Clubs so special,” said Potter. “We’re excited to honor their accomplishments and share their stories of personal challenges, growth and leadership, which are sure to inspire all who attend—just as they inspire us every day.”

As a dedicated forum for spotlighting Austin-area Club youth and their respective journeys, the Angels Among Us Breakfast features the “Youth of the Year” Awards—recognizing the 2019 Youth of the Year and 2019 Junior Youth of the Year nominees and finalists as well as announcing the winners. The event program will also include speeches by the winner and runner-up, and the presentation of youth scholarships made possible by the Austin Boys & Girls Clubs Foundation and Austin Sonic Drive-Ins.

Additionally, the Angels Among Us Breakfast will include the “Champions of Youth” Awards, which celebrate the extraordinary supporters, volunteers and staff in the Greater Austin community who help make BGCAA Austin’s leading youth development agency.

Attire for the breakfast is holiday business casual, and tickets are available online. Individual tickets are $75, and sponsorships range from $1,000 to $10,000 each. To learn more about tickets and sponsorships, contact Jena Eiden at 512.444.7199, ext. 22 or

About Youth of the Year:
Each year, two exceptional Club members are selected to represent BGCAA, one as Youth of the Year (high school) and one as Junior Youth of the Year (middle school). Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and a strong voice for all of Austin’s young people. Winners will be announced at this breakfast. Youth of the Year winners will go on to compete for an opportunity to serve as a BGCAA regional ambassador in the annual search for Boys & Girls Clubs of America spokespeople to be recognized on a national stage. Nominees include:

Youth of the Year Nominees

  • Me’Aisha L. – Boys & Girls Club at LBJ High School
  • Kenneth B. Jr. – Boys & Girls Club at Lanier High School
  • Abraham C. – Boys & Girls Club at MLK
  • Guadalupe G. – Boys & Girls Club at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

Junior Youth of the Year Nominees

  • Angel D. – Boys & Girls Club at Webb Middle School
  • Kius F. – Boys & Girls Club at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy
  • Marcelus M. – Boys & Girls Club at Burnet Middle School
  • Francis H. – Boys & Girls Club at Daily Middle School
  • La’Naycia F. – Boys & Girls Club at Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Susanna L. – Boys & Girls Club at Chalmers Court
  • Nathan L. – Boys & Girls Club at Elgin Middle School

About Champions of Youth:
The Champions of Youth Awards recognize those who share their time, talent or treasure in service of the BGCAA mission. Winners will be announced at this breakfast. Nominees are:

Champion of Youth – Corporate & Business

  • Charles Schwab through ambassador Patrick Means

Champion of Youth – Foundation & Nonprofit

  • AISD Prime Time

Champion of Youth – Volunteer

  • Dean Johnson

Champion of Youth – Individual

  • Kristi Reynolds & Anna Stevens of American Campus Communities

Champion of Youth – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area Staff

  • Janie Samarripa


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