Written by Record Pilot Staff Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive and responsible citizens through a variety of after school programs in education, sports and recreation, dance, technology and art, designed to enrich and enhance learning and build self-esteem. Three success stories evidencing the club is accomplishing its objectives are: Elizabeth Garcia, named the club’s 2014 Youth of the Year; Linesha Davis, recipient of the Louis M. Sanford Scholarship; and Essence Fowler, recipient of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club Scholarship.
Garcia, 17, hopes to accomplish many things in her life, but two ambitions stand out most: giving back to the community and making her parents proud. Serious, focused and determined, Garcia is heading to Hunter College this fall to pursue a degree in biology followed by medical school to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology. After completing her specialty in OB-GYN, she plans on advancing her career with a second specialty in pediatrics.
Garcia had the opportunity to meet the winners from other clubs when she recently traveled to Albany to compete for the State Youth of the Year Title. The Youth of the Year is the premier recognition program for youth, promoting service to club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability.
Through the program, local clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and at the end of the school year, select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. SEFCU, one of the largest credit unions in New York State, was the 2014
Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 New York State Youth of the Year Program and generously committed $20,000 in scholarships to support the educational aspirations of Youth of the Year program participants.
Davis, 17, is this year’s recipient of one of the club’s most honorable scholarships, named for past Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Louis M. Sanford, who served the community and the Boys & Girls Club for more than 30 years. Davis is actively involved in many of the club’s programs including the Keystone Club, Triple Play and Summer Youth Employment. Davis, who’s extracurricular activities include STEP (Science Technology Entry Program) and STEP Health
and Medical Camp, will head to NYIT this September where she also plans on pursuing a degree in biology with a focus on medicine.
Fowler, 18, is the recipient of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club Scholarship, which is awarded to a current club member who demonstrates achievement in our three priority areas: academic success, good character and citizenship and a healthy lifestyle. Fowler has been actively involved in the club for 12 years and credits the club for being a vital part of her life, helping her improve her academic and social skills and providing encouragement to seek and appreciate all opportunities. Fowler will be attending LIU Brooklyn this fall to pursue a career in nursing.