Selected among two outstanding youth, Arlyn Sandoval has been named the Youth of the Year by the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 74th year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures.
Arlyn will go on to contend for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and a $2,500 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“Arlyn embodies the true spirit of the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club and it’s exciting to see a leader both at the Club, at school and in the community grow her personal brand,” said Carlos Collazo, executive director of the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club. Collazo added “We are excited to have Arlyn represent us at the state level.”
"The need for change in the community starts with our youth; therefore, having them interact in activities will be critical towards producing a united community.", said Sandoval.
Arlyn was awarded the 2019 "Future Leader Award" by the Connecticut Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs for her leadership, healthy lifestyles, and personal growth. Arlyn also served as Vice President of Torch Club, a chartered, small-group character and leadership club for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Arlyn is a sophomore at Mark T. Sheehan High School with a 3.0 GPA and a member of the field hockey team.
If Arlyn is named the Connecticut Youth of the Year, she will contend for the title of Northeast Regional Youth of the Year who will receive an additional $20,000 college scholarship. Six finalists will advance to the virtual National Youth of the Year event in October 2021, to vie for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $50,000 and a brand-new Toyota Corolla.
The Youth of the Year program is supported by Toyota and Mondelēz. As the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, Toyota is committed to partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to ensure local Clubs provide life-enhancing opportunities for kids and teens to explore, develop and apply the essential skills they need to be successful in life and work. As the Lead Sponsor of Youth of the Year, Mondelēz International, will engage with local Clubs year-round to help foster a new generation of leaders prepared to live in and lead a diverse global economy. Youth of the Year representatives are the workforce leaders, innovators and problem-solvers of tomorrow.
For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.youthoftheyear.org.
About the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club
As the area's leading out-of-school youth development organization since 1963, the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club (UBGC) fills the gap when school's out for North Haven and Wallingford youth . Our outcome-driven Club experience helps young people achieve academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. We provide a welcoming, positive environment in which kids and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring adults.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,700 Clubs serve over 4.6 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Facebook and Twitter.