Khairi's Story

Khairi P., Sir Mix-A-Lot, and Louie Grill at the 2018 King County Youth of the Year (right to left)

Every year we acknowledge one young person who represents and stands for all youth in King County. This year we have the pleasure of announcing Khairi from Federal Way as the King County Youth of the Year!

“Khairi is a role model for youth everywhere. He truly embodies all of the qualities of a leader, and I couldn’t be more proud of him,” said Lisa Chin, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognitionof leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Khairi was awarded a $2,000 scholarship as well as school supplies from Boys & Girls Club partners.

The hardest thing about life is trying to go through it alone. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for the staff and friends who encourage me everyday at the Boys & Girls Club.


Former Youth of the Year from across King County have gone on to impact our community in a better way, becoming college professors, motivational speakers, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and more. Some have even gone back to work at their Clubs, providing mentorship and guidance to kids and teens to help the next generation shape their path toward a great future.

Club staff taught me to never give up. Khairi has overcome a lot in his life. After experiencing homelessness and other hardships throughout his childhood, the Boys & Girls Club has been a steady and motivating part of his life. The Club has inspired him to excel in school, pursue playing basketball and football, and encouraged him to help and mentor young people in his Club and community.

Now a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School, Khairi has his mind set on attending college at the University of Oregon, and eventually pursuing a master’s degree. His hope is to one day return home to give back to his family, Club, and community in a meaningful way.

The Boys & Girls Club caught me at a time in my life when I was finding my path. They shaped my morals, values, and taught me to never give up.

“It has been amazing to see how well he connects with other youth and is such a positive role model in their lives” said Louie Grill, Program Director of the Federal Way Boys & Girls Club. “Khairi is just such a great representation of what the Club does for the community.”

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