The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha would like to proudly introduce and congratulate our 2023 Youth of the Year, Erica D. Erica has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha for over 6 years. She is currently a sophomore at Tremper High School where she excels as an Honor Roll student and is also active in numerous activities.
Over the years, the Club has become a vital part of her success and development and has helped her grow into a more confident and outgoing woman. As Erica says, “I found that there was a whole world of wonderful people and great adventures right there at the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha. Personal growth is a journey and when you think that you are alone on that journey it is much more challenging. Being at the club made me realize, firsthand, that I was not alone.”
Through Erica’s time at the Club, she has gained lifetime friends and mentors. She has learned life-enhancing skills and was given the tools to help her fulfill her future vision for success. The Club helped her see other people in action and learn how to be more social and confident. “The Boys and Girls Club is a special place and I still look forward to our field trips and club experiences., said Erica, “My club experiences continue to teach me to be outgoing and courageous and I am forever grateful.”
Not only has she made an impact on her peers, but BGCK staff have enjoyed getting to know Erica and see her grow over the years as well. Nicole Washpun, the Club’s Teen Center Director, says, “Erica is an amazing young woman academically and personally. She has faced several challenges and has successfully overcome each one. She strives to be the best and won’t allow her struggles to hold her back.”
Read more about our Youth of the Year at www.bgckenosha.org/impact/youth-of-the-year.