As the 2016 Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, Raven is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Raven is a senior at Central High School and has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, Stalnaker Unit for 13 years. Some of her activities at the Club include; President of the Keystone Club (a leadership group club), Torch Club, Project Learn, Peer-to-Peer mentoring, park and street clean-ups, and many more. She also volunteers at The Kitchen as a way to give back to her community. Raven is a caring, determined, hard-working individual who is always willing to lend a hand to those in need.
As Youth of the Year Raven was awarded a $12,000 college scholarship funded by the BGC Partners in Education. This fall she will be attending the University of Missouri and pursing a degree in nursing, specializing in neonatal intensive care.