Natasha Babayan Youth of the YearThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue has selected 18 year old Sammamish High School Senior Natasha Babayan as the 2014 Youth of the Year. Natasha has been a Club member for over 3 years, and participates in a variety of leadership and academic programs at The Club Teen Center including Diplomas 2 Degrees, which helped her secure a teen internship at Microsoft, and serves as the Keystone Club Vice President. She is a commendable example of a teen making positive choices, preparing for the future, and serving as a role model to her peers.

Natasha, along with her exemplary fellow nominees Javonte Henderson and Nathalie Cruz, gave their speeches to their peers and the winner was selected as the local Youth of the Year by a panel of Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue Board members including Robby Tonkin and Dmitry Yusim. Dmitry was chosen as our 2004 Youth of the Year when he was a Club member, and now sits on the board! Long-time supporter Tony Bacon, of the Bacon Family Foundation, was also present handing out Skyline Socks to all the teens. In an excerpt from her speech, Natasha states that The Club, “gave me that same sense of protection and family that I had such a desire to be a part of. This group taught me not only to be a leader, but also to understand the worth of giving back to a community that gave so much to me.” The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue is incredibly proud to have the Club represented by Natasha when she gives her speech in the statewide Youth of the Year competition this spring where she will compete with representatives from Clubs across the State of Washington.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue was established in 1952. Currently the organization has 11 sites throughout the City of Bellevue and serves children 2 ½ – 18 years of age. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue Club provides over 13,000 youth with over 1,000,000 hours of programming focused on fostering academic success, STEM skill-building, supporting healthy lifestyles, and encouraging good character and citizenship. For more information about Club programs please go to www.bgcbellevue.org.

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