At our annual Youth of the Year Celebration last week, Blazers Boys & Girls Club member and Wilson High School freshman Joliesse Carmona-Perez was named the 2020 Portland Metro Youth of the Year.
An outspoken and inspiring young woman, Joliesse aspires to become a lawyer and politician in order to advocate for her others. She has been the recipient of multiple awards, including Outstanding Leadership & Excellence in Community Service and Student of the Month. Her innovative ideas have made a difference in her academic community: founding a school newsletter, becoming Chief Editor and distributing an advice column to peers, and combating bullying by creating a student leadership team that recognizes academic successes and provides mentorship to younger students. On the path to her dream, Joliesse currently serves on the Youth Against Violence Committee for the Multnomah County Youth Commission.
Five other outstanding local members also vied for the 2020 Youth of the Year title. These youth were recognized as title finalists that uphold and represent our Clubs’ core values, receiving $500 scholarships along with their own prize packages.
- Arianna Perez-Garcia, a former Wattles Club member and KeyBank YouthForce intern who got her first job through the Club and has since gone on to intern through the This Way Ahead program and work at the Oregon Zoo’s ZAP program.
- TreNisha Shearer, a member at Regence Club for 12 years. Recently she was named the UPS Road Code Ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, advocating to peers about driving safety.