Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme


Posted in Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on March 8, 2010

Taylor Penny named 2010 Area Council Youth of the Year

OXNARD, Calif.— Taylor Penny is a true example of an extraordinary young woman. At age 16, she has just been selected among her peers from Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties to compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the California Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 scholarship from the Reader’s Digest Foundation. As the Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Penny is among hundreds of local youth across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. This program was founded over 60 years ago through the generosity of Reader’s Digest. Penny has been a Club member since she relocated from Las Vegas to Oxnard at the age of nine. A great leader and mentor to the younger members at the Club, Penny and her family have had their fair share of struggles. Her older sister dropped out of high school at the age of 17 due to her pregnancy, setting the stage for Taylor and her younger brother. Additionally, like many, the economic downturn has effected Taylor and her family a great deal as they have suffered job losses and have been forced to move multiple times over the course of the past couple of years. Despite these hardships, she continues to persevere in all that she does, as these difficulties continue to motivate her to “Be Great.”
A sophomore at Oxnard High School now, she’s enrolled in only college prep and honors classes. She runs varsity track, is actively involved in ASB and in her spare time, is a competitive cheerleader with the California All Stars. If that weren’t enough to keep her busy, Penny participates in the Keystone leadership group and also volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club several days a week as a tutor, mentor and administrative assistant. “We are so proud of Taylor, who’s story is truly inspiring and serves as a great model to all youth at our Clubs,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
If Penny wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship. The five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2010 to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 college scholarship and is installed by the President in an Oval Office ceremony.


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  1. […] this amazing opportunity for Taylor Penny and don’t forget to read more about her journey as Youth of the Year if you haven’t […]

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