Salvation Army of NWLA to celebrate ‘Youth of the Year’
‘Youth of the Year’ forges a foundation within students and instills the importance of academic success, leadership and community service.
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The Salvation Army of Northwest Louisiana’s Boys & Girls Club is honoring rising leaders in the Shreveport-Bossier City area during its Youth of the Year awards ceremony.
Youth of the Year is taking place Thursday, March 10 from 5 to 6 p.m. at 2821 Greenwood Road in Shreveport.
The Boys & Girls Club works with kids and teens in middle and high school. Youth of the Year forges a foundation within students and instills the importance of academic success, leadership and community service.
Vanessa Brown, area director for the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Louisiana, said a program like Youth of the Year is critical in Shreveport-Bossier - especially after a recent rash of violence.
“A lot of kids do not have that help they need. It’s crucial because the kids we see every day are losing their lives to gun violence.”
High school students who win Youth of the Year at the local level are able to advance to the state and even national level.
Brown said the Boys & Girls Club, for many students, is a home away from a home.
“For a lot of kids that we see each day, we know the struggles they are going through and know some of the things that will affect them,” she explained. “Our goal is to make sure they get there safely and make sure they get home as safe as possible.”
The Boys & Girls Club works with children as young as 6 years old up to 18 years old.
Brown said when students spend time with her staff, they are not placed in categories.
“Our kids are not being judged. Our facility is home. And I think for a lot of our youth, they need a safe place to call home.”
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