This year the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County had seven teens complete their paperwork and essays to compete in our local 2016 Youth of the Year competition. Each youth that enters the competition receives a monetary scholarship that goes toward their college education in the amount of $500. As they advance from competition round to competition round, they will receive additional scholarship money for their college education.
In preparation for this years’ competition our kids went through a series of mock interviews on three consecutive days. We had a total of thirteen volunteers from the Walmart corporate offices over the three day period evaluating each candidates’ 15 minute interview, and then providing valuable feedback and encouragement for each of our kids. Each of these club members will now take the next step in the process as they will go through a fifteen minute interview with a panel of local business leaders from the surrounding communities. Four semi-finalists will then be selected and advance to the final round the following week. One off these semi-finalists will win the coveted Youth of the Year Award after the second set of interviews. This person will represent our clubs in State Competition later in the spring.
Last year Joselin Martinez won our local competition, and then represented our clubs at the state level. She proceeded to win the state competition to be selected the State Youth of the Year for Arkansas. Joselin then advanced to Regional competition in Dallas, Texas, where she advanced to the final round of interviews at that level. Joselin won $56,000 dollars in scholarship money for her to use in helping pay for her college education. She is currently attending college at Northwest Arkansas Community College
of our club members report finding valuable adult connections at the club.