HFHS student finalist for Youth of the Year award (Photo)
Hayes Freedom High School student Ilse Villasenor was honored this morning as Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland. Finalists for the award completed a written application, a comprehensive portfolio, and a series of interviews with judges. Candidates were selected for their service to the Club and community, academic success, strong moral character, life goals, poise, and speaking ability.
Villasenor, a member of the Camas Jack, Will, & Rob Boys & Girls Club, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship during a showcase ceremony at the Blazers Boys & Girls Club in Portland. She will now move on to the next level competing against teens from clubs in both Oregon and Washington.
Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Club members who earn the Youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.
Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month Winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions. Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year competition for a chance at an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable up to $100,000 for four years. The National Youth of the Year represents all Boys & Girls Club youth.
Located in Camas, The Jack, Will, & Rob Boys & Girls Club is the product of a community that came together to honor the lives of three special boys who lost their lives in a tragic plane accident. The Jack, Will, and Rob Club has a state-of-the-art music/theater room (Rob's Playhouse), an art room (Will's Studio), a computer lab (Jackson Room), and an art gallery.