Coos Bay, OR, March 21, 2011– Selected among several local outstanding youth, Kyla Feaster will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Oregon Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. As the new Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon, 18-year old Kyla is a true example of an extraordinary young woman. She is recognized by the Club for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

One of eleven children who lost her father to cancer, Kyla has had to overcome more than most teenagers. As the oldest still living in her home, she has had to take on some of the responsibilities of caring for her younger siblings. Yet Kyla has excelled at home, in school and in the community. She competes in high school sports, works weekends as a Boys & Girls Club official, volunteers three times a week at the Club, and maintains a 3.6 GPA. After high school, she plans on a attending Oregon State University to earn a degree in Physical Therapy.

If Kyla wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2011, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year, and the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

The Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon has over 3,000 members, and has been encouraging local youth to BE GREAT for over 28 years. To learn more about this and other Club programs, please call the Club office, 267-3635 or visit www.bgc-sworegon.org. 

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