READING, PA – Olivet Boys & Girls Club is proud to introduce Olivia Enslin as their Youth of the Year. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 71st year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. Olivia will go on to vie for the Pennsylvania Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“She is among the best and brightest of her generation and a true star. Olivia maintains a positive attitude and always carries a winning smile.” said Allen Reese, President and CEO, of Olivet Boys & Girls Club.
Olivia volunteers as a member of the Olivet Boys & Girls Club AmeriCorps, a national service program dedicated to engaging individuals in meaningful service to address unmet community needs. The focus of the program is education and enhancement of our afterschool program initiatives for youth ages 6-12. As an AmeriCorps member, Olivia is completing 450 hours of community service during the school year which includes providing homework help, tutoring and mentoring youth, implementing a reading enrichment program, and serving as a positive role model. By participating in the AmeriCorps program, Olivia receives a biweekly living allowance and will also receive a $1,500 education award that she can use towards college tuition/expenses upon completion of her service hours.
Olivia was recently selected as a Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) Afterschool Champion in the Youth Category for her exemplary commitment, dedication, and outstanding work in supporting meaningful high quality afterschool/out-of-school time (OST) for children and youth in her community. She is a senior at Muhlenberg High School. After graduation, she will attend York College and study Forensic Chemistry.
The Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year is the signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy. In the 21st-century world and workplace, leadership skills such as communication, goal-setting and teamwork are essential for everyone – especially young people preparing to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood. With a grassroots beginning in 1947, Youth of the Year has evolved into a comprehensive leadership development program.