Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for Club members ages 14-18. It promotes service to Club, community and family; academic success, strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Youth of the Year compete against their fellow Club members at local, state, regional and national competitions with scholarships available to winners at every level.
We are proud to announce our 2019 FOX Sports Wisconsin Youth of the Year, Nadxely Sanchez.
Nadxely first joined the clubs three years ago after learning about the Clubs’ Sponsor-A-Scholar program. As the daughter of two immigrants, Nadxley strives to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself to her. Through Sponsor-A-Scholar, Nadxely has learned how to handle high amounts of coursework, conduct herself professionally in interviews, and gain exposure in the medical field; the profession she hopes to pursue. Nadxely notes “Boys & Girls Clubs has provided me with much-needed support. This support has helped push me towards achieving my goal of going to college.” One of the most remarkable opportunities she had was participating in was a 6-week summer Health Careers Opportunities Program at Marquette University. Nadxely said, “Boys & Girls Clubs has ensured the countless sacrifices my parents have and continue to make did not go to waste.”
On top of academics, Nadxely participates in programs such as Voces del la Frontera’s Youth Empowered in the Struggle (Y.E.S.) and National Honor Society. Through Y.E.S., Nadxely helped pass the campaign which made Milwaukee Public Schools a sanctuary district in 2016. Nadxely participates in several local and statewide rallies, advocating for the rights of students, immigrants, and workers. She also helped create the annual Hispanic Heritage Program where she is working with her chapter to implement ethnic studies in her school. Nadxely said, “All the work I have done through advocating for others, showed me the power youth hold. The power youth hold is present in everything I have had the privilege of being a part of.”
Nadxely’s vision for the youth of America is for them “to come together and continue to advocate for what they believe in, no matter the challenges that they may encounter on their journey.” After high school, Nadxely plans to attend Harvard University in hopes to attend medical school and one day become a pediatric surgeon. We are sure she will continue to advocate for those around her and continue her work of empowering her peers.
Please stay tuned as we reveal the rest of our 2019 Youth of the Year ambassadors in the coming weeks!