Boys & Girls Clubs of King County is proud to announce our Youth of the Year, Cassandra A. (Cassy), a member of Wallingford Boys & Girls Club.
"We are so proud of our young adults. Every young person who is part of our Youth of the Year program brings their intelligence, strength, and dedication to becoming the best they can be," said Dr. Lisa Chin, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. "Cassandra is the kind of leader who will inspire her generation, and I could not be more proud of her."
In total, 12 exceptional teens from Clubs across the county competed for the title. Each candidate was judged on the following: leadership and service to their Club and community; their life goals, values, moral character, and academic success; and their poise and public speaking skills during an interview.
Cassy walked away with the winning title and a $2,000 education scholarship. Says Cassy, "When there was no one else to reach out to, I knew I could turn to the staff at the Boys & Girls Club. Without my mentors at the Club, I wouldn't have had the strength to continue my
studies while my family was homeless. I have come to think of the Boys & Girls Club as not only a place to go to after school, but a refuge and a home away from home."
"Cassy is incredibly hard-working and driven," says Meghan Sweet, Club Executive Director of Wallingford Boys & Girls Club. "She won't let her challenges get in the way of her success. The Club has provided her a second home, while she in turn has helped make the Club the type of warm, welcoming place we strive to provide all our members. The world needs more young women like Cassy, who prove that anyone who is given a place and an opportunity to develop their potential can become a community leader."
Cassy is passionate about humanizing and elevating the voices of individuals who are homeless. Cassy herself has experienced homelessness, and wants to share real stories of individuals who are homeless to deconstruct the misunderstandings of this label. She co-founded a student organization where she and other students interview homeless individuals and share their stories on a Facebook page called "The Unheard Voices of Seattle."
A member of Wallingford Boys & Girls Club for three years, Cassy is proud of her involvement at the Club, where she is a member of the Keystone teen leadership program, tutors elementary school kids during homework help, and has volunteered organizing events like Parents' Night Out and the Halloween Hoopla.
Cassy went on to compete in the Washington State Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year competition on March 22 & 23. Briana Mitchell from Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, became Washington state's Youth of the Year and will compete at the Pacific Regional competition this summer.
BGCKC's Youth of the Year 2017 was made possible by Presenting Sponsor, Microsoft. Event sponsors also include: Alaska Airlines, Farmers Insurance, Fred Meyer Fund, Macy's, and Princess Cruises. The event was also supported by the generosity of Northwest Sports Photography, Northwest Trophy and Awards, Michael Bruce Image Consulting, and InterConnection.