Kelsey P. | 2016-2017 ALABAMA YOUTH OF THE YEAR

Kelsey, a graduating senior at Baker High School and last year’s winner, has been chosen as Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama’s and the State of Alabama’s 2017 Youth of the Year for the second year in a row. In fact, the State’s Youth of the Year has been a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama five times over the past seven years. Kelsey will also be competing in the Southeast Regional Youth of the Year Competition in June to advance her title.


As a member of the Cody Road Branch, she participates in the Gavel Club, an outlet for teens to improve their public speaking skills, and founded “Teen Talk,” a weekly forum where teens discuss local events and national news. Kelsey credits participation in these two programs, along with her community involvement, for growing a once “voiceless” teen into a confident and independent young adult.


At Baker High School, she is a member of the School’s acclaimed dance team, is in the Advanced Placement Program and has a weighted 4.6 GPA. After graduating, Kelsey plans to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to study political science and economics on a pre-law track. With a future law degree, she hopes to revolutionize the American welfare system, providing families the resources needed to become self-sufficient.


For winning the State title, Kelsey is the recipient of a $10,000 scholarship from the Beverly Burton Scholarship Trust and a $5,000 scholarship funded by Disney, Toyota, University of Phoenix, and the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. For winning locally, she is the recipient of a $3,000 scholarship from the Emily Hearin Scholarship Fund. As a local and state Youth of the Year for two years in a row, Kelsey has received a total of $36,000 in scholarships.



For nearly 70 years, the Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the nation’s most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teens. These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.


Each year, one exceptional Club member

is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports.


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