Zionsville teen wins boys and girls club youth award

Brieanna Ramirez

ZIONSVILLE — Brieanna Ramirez of Zionsville has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys and Girls Club of Zionsville. She was selected from among 2,300 outstanding youths.

The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor given to an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

Now in its 71st year, the Youth of the Year program honors the nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.

Ramirez will go on to vie for the Indiana Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

“Brieanna is an outstanding young role model for all of the kids that attend the Boys and Girls Club,” said Glenn Sanford, Unit Director Boys and Girls Club of Zionsville-East.

Ramirez is an honor roll student at Zionsville Community High School. She finds time to work with youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Zionsville-East every day after school and during summer camp while being an active member of her travel soccer team, working with Best Buddies at ZCHS, participating in church mission trips, and being a peer facilitator at school.

She has been attending the Boys and Girls Club of Zionsville for the past nine years, first as a youth member. She teaches youth positive behaviors to deal with peer pressure, choosing good role models, how to stay physically fit, and how to help others in the Smart Moves programs. She also teaches the kids to prepare healthy meals in the Cooking Club program.

Ramirez will attend Purdue University this fall and study elementary and special education. She has a passion for helping kids and wants to continue doing so in her future career.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, which has supported the youth advocacy organization for more than 50 years.

Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is dedicated to inspiring the next generations of engineers, thinkers and leaders who will help drive the American economy. If Ramirez wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Midwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000.

Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. in September to compete for the title of Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.youthoftheyear.org. The Boys and Girls Club of Zionsville helps area youth develop the skills, fitness, and character they need to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

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