Youth of the Year
Each year the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows selects a Male and Female Youth of the Year who represent the “Best of the Best” of what Club members can achieve during their time at the Boys & Girls Club. These members are honored at the Annual Awards Banquet in November. To read more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year program click the button.
Lynnzee Vasquez is a senior at Hug High School. She has been a member at the Club @ Hug for the last three years and serves as the Keystone Vice President. Lynnzee is a dedicated Jr. Staff at the DWR facility and aspires to be a Criminal Investigator. When she's not at the club or studying for her honors and AP classes as a distinguished member of her school's Health Science Academy, she plays softball and manages her school's football and basketball teams. Lynnzee aims to be an advocate for the youth and her peers and will be attending TMCC in the fall of 2021.
Albeiro (Alby) Lopez-Sanchez has been a member for over 3 years and was recently voted Keystone President at the Club @ Hug. Alby has a magnetic personality, he uses it to recruit new members to the club and to events. He is always the first one to volunteer for events and projects. When he's not doing community service with the club, or working as a Junior Staff at the Lemmon Valley Facility, he's living his dream of playing high school football. Alby has succeeded on the field as well as in the classroom and his constant commitment to the club is what makes him our Male Youth of the Year. Now a senior at Hug High School, Alby plans to join the military and take over his dad's family drywall business.
Destiny is a senior at Hug High School and has been a Club member for the past four years. She is a multi-sport athlete, member of the National Honors Society and active leader at her school and at the Boys & Girls Club. She
shares, “My Club keeps me sane from all the outside obstacles and pressures I face. Ever since freshman year, the Boys & Girls Club has felt like home.”
Jaylon is a sophomore at Spanish Springs High School and attends the Club’s Donald W. Reynolds Facility. He first joined the Boys & Girls Club in elementary school and has been a committed member ever since.
He can regularly be found helping in the Club’s kitchen, refereeing Club athletics and leading teen service projects. “The Club has saved my life,” Jaylon said. “I am the man I am today because of the Boys & Girls Club."
For the past five years, Monica has found her second home at the Boys & Girls Club. Her staff and mentors at the Club walked with her through some of the brightest and darkest points of her life, all the while, as she puts it, “reminding me of the greatness that I am capable of achieving.” That greatness has certainly come to fruition! Today, Monica is an exceptional student at Damonte Ranch High School, an all-star Leader in Training at the Club, and an inspiration to those around her.
John Joseph (J.J.) Bolinger
A member since the age of six, J.J. is a true Club kid, participating in nearly every program at the Boys & Girls Club over the years. After losing his dad at a young age, the Club also helped J.J. find the male role models he needed to navigate the highs and lows of his young life. Through it all, J.J. has emerged as a dedicated and compassionate young man.
Natalie credits the Club with building the foundation for the person she is today. Her Boys & Girls Club story began nearly a decade ago, when her mom found Club to be the safe and affordable afterschool care they both needed. At the Club, Natalie found friends, mentors and a positive environment where she has flourished into a driven and determined young woman with an extraordinarily bright future.
“Because of the Club, I was able to do things that I never thought I would do,” Joseph shared. Even through a rocky childhood, Joseph saw the Club as a safe place full of opportunities and new experiences. Now a high school senior with his sights set on college, Joseph is using his own experiences to impact the lives of younger Club members and inspire all who meet him.
Through many ups and downs in her 17 years of life, Kacie found the support and consistency she needed at the Boys & Girls Club. The Club’s guidance helped her navigate through difficulties and shape her into the bright, driven young lady she is today. A senior at Sparks High School, Kacie stands out as a leader among her peers and a positive example to younger Club members.
A shy child, Jared had trouble making connections with others, but at the Boys & Girls Club, he found his outlet in sports. His bonds with Club staff through athletics helped drive him to succeed, both on and off the field. Today, Jared is a Leader in Training, acting as a mentor to younger kids. He is First Char in Galena's Camber Orchestra and he will graduate from Galena High School this spring, and will no doubt continue to shine as the all-star he has become.
Like so many young girls, Tiffany grew up searching for acceptance and belonging. Surrounded by many negative influences as a youngster, her pursuit unfortunately brought her down some wrong paths. But, she refused to give up and eventually found her outlet: dance. As her passion for dance grew, she connected with positive friends and influences that led her to the Boys & Girls Club. Today, as a 17-year-old senior at ACE High School, Tiffany is looking forward to a bright future.
Tiffany is an important member of the dance program at The Club at the Larry D. Johnson Community Center and has found acceptance and belonging with the staff and her peers at the Club. Even through the most challenging times, Tiffany refused to give up hope, and today she stand as an example that with determination and hard work, anything is possible. It is for these reasons that Tiffany has been selected as the 2010 Female Youth of the Year candidate.
Emmanuel Williams joined the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows at the age of 5, after relocating to Northern Nevada from Nashville, Tenn. to live with his grandparents and start fresh after a difficult home life.
At the Club, Emmanuel, his three brothers and a sister found their second family, a positive place to pursue their passions and find a path to success. With mentorship at the Club and the support of Grandma and Grandpa Love, Emmanuel has become an accomplished musician and athlete. The 18-year-old Hug High School student also excels in the classroom.
At age 12 and 13, Emmanuel’s involvement with the Club grew. He became involved in programs like Leaders in Training, Keystone Club and Money Matters, to name a few. In the teen center at the East 9th Street location, Emmanuel is known among his peers as a leader, always arriving with a smile, providing guidance for younger members, and inspiring the members who will follow in his footsteps. With help and guidance from Club staff, Emmanuel has developed a vision for his future that includes college and a career in the music industry. He started attending Crown College in Minnesota this winter. Emmanuel’s perseverance, upbeat attitude and dedication to helping others have earned him the honor of 2010 Male Youth of the Year.