Youth Of The Year 2019

GREAT FUTURES START HERE: EXCEPTIONAL WILLARD TEEN WINS YOUTH OF THE YEAR HONOR FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SPRINGFIELD

Sydney Schader to Now Vie for State Title and Scholarship

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–Sydney Schader is being named the 2019 Youth of the Year, one of the highest honors a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

Selected among several local outstanding youth, Sydney will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Missouri Youth of the Year title. Sydney will receive a $16,000 College Scholarship funded by the BGC Partners in Education (former Boys & Girls Club of Springfield Auxiliary). The winner of the State Youth of the Year competition will win a $5,000 college scholarship. The State competition will be held April 9-10, 2019 in Jefferson City.  

As the new Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, 18-year-old Sydney 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. 

Sydney has been a member of the Stalnaker Unit since the age of six. She has been involved in the teen leadership program, known as Keystone Club, for five years. A senior at Willard High School, Sydney maintains a 4.0 GPA while being involved in FBLA, DECA, A+ Program, Honors Society, and Speech and Debate. She is also a member of the bowling team and a four-year letter winner for the softball team.

This fall, Sydney will attend Lindenwood University. She plans to obtain a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield

Since 1938, Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield (www.bgclubspringfield.org) has helped kids BE GREAT providing hope and opportunity for those who need it most. The Clubs positively impact lives and help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach.

Mission

To provide programs that guide and direct youth from all backgrounds with special concern for those from at-risk circumstances.  Through social, physical and educational development activities, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield teaches youth the values of life, strengthens their self esteem and makes them better citizens of our community. 

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has enabled young people, especially those who need Clubs most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 4.2 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. 

Thank you Pat Gartland, Bill Stalnaker, Tom Hough, and Bill Henderson for your dedication to this community as Executive Directors.

Thank you to the countless sponsors, partners, volunteers, and donors for making the world a better place for kids.

Thank you to the Board of Directors for their kindness, guidance, and direction. Thank you to the staff who work tirelessly on the frontlines to ensure a safe, positive place for kids. Thank you to the kids who inspire and motivate us each day. We cannot wait to see the amazing things we do for kids for the next 80 years!

Phoebe Hicks