Leominster teen wins Youth of the Year honor


Leominster Champion
June 2, 2016

IMG_3683Selected among several local outstanding youth, Laura Jenny will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Massachusetts Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.

As the new Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, Jenny is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for her leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

“We are so proud to have Laura as our 2016 Youth of the Year,” said Donata Martin, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster. “She is an excellent example of the leadership and values our club stands for, and we are lucky to have members like her.”

Jenny has been attending the club since she was 7 years old, and in that time has grown into her role as a leader and volunteer, as well as a club member. She has organized and taught music programs to the younger children and is actively involved in the Beekeeping Program as well as the Keystone Leadership Club, which is a teen-led group focused on community service both around the club and in the surrounding towns. Additionally, she has helped to develop a program called “Protecting Law Enforcement and Youth” (P.L.A.Y.) focused on educating her peers about how to best interact with police and local justice systems. The program has had attention from national publications, and she has helped to implement it in five Massachusetts Boys & Girls Clubs to date.

Outside of the club, Jenny leads a busy life as a junior at Leominster High School, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA and is captain of the volleyball team.

If Jenny wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Northeast 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 BGCA’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.