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Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County’s premier youth recognition program for teen Club Members. The qualities of character, service and leadership that characterize a Youth of the Year are promoted in the Club every day.

It is at the Club level that the Youth of the Year program has its greatest impact in developing young people.

These extraordinary nominees are preparing their speeches at this time that they will make in front of a distinguished panel of 8 judges on February 12th at Santa Lucia River Club – Ballantrae

The Candidates

Cody Hatt

Cody Hatt

Cody Hatt, age 15, is a sophomore at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce. He is enrolled in the Pre-International Baccalaureate program, on track to attend Stanford University or the University of Florida. He has been a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County’s Ken Pruitt Unit for nine years, joining in 2005. Cody earned over 200 service hours and spoke with over 1000 people when he rode with the Be A Hero Bike Tour, advocating Blood Donor Awareness. He has been a voice for his peers as a host of Club Talk, a radio show formerly broadcast on WIRA 1400AM, dealing with local teen issues. Cody enjoys playing and teaching golf in his spare time.

Saleshia Ellis

Saleshia Ellis

Saleshia Ellis has been a member of the Garden Terrace Boys & Girls Club for nine years. This 18 year old 4.0 G.P.A student of Fort Pierce Central High School is president of her class and a standout varsity athlete in basketball and volleyball. Miss Ellis plans on obtaining a degree as a Constitutional Lawyer from Florida International University and is already enrolled in the Criminal Justice Academy where she is receiving credit towards her field of choice. Saleshia is also the president of our Garden Terrace Boys & Girls Club Keystone, and has over 200 volunteer hours in the past two years alone. Miss Ellis works with local nursing homes, The Muscular Dystrophy Association and is a mentor to younger club members. Not only has Saleshia contributed in a major way to her club, she also helps organize activities with other local youth groups and community centers to decrease violence in her community.

Truelove “True” Jean-Louis

Truelove Jean-Louis

Truelove “True” Jean-Louis is a Junior and attends Port St. Lucie High School where he maintains above a 3.0 GPA. True is a member of the Varsity Basketball Team at his school and is Small Forward. As a Boys & Girls Club member at the Chuck Hill Unit, he has served as a Junior Staff and assists with the Social Recreation programs. The 16 year old has been a member of Boys & Girls Club for three years in both Kissimmee and St. Lucie County. His goal is to graduate high school and attend the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and being a math major. He has considered becoming an accountant for his future career.

Those who go on to state, regional and national levels of the program are afforded additional opportunities for personal growth.

The 2014 winner represents Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County at the state level and potentially the national level where he or she will compete for a $50,000 scholarship and an appearance at the White House thanks to Tupperware Brands Corporation who sponsors the Youth of the Year program.

Youth Of The Year Pictures

Our Generous Sponsors

This Year’s Judges

  • Stacey Brailsford,
    Walmart Distributing Center
  • Philip Busch,
    Southern Eagle Distributing
  • Ilse Clark,
    Retired Principal
  • Melissa DePriest,
    Indian River State College Foundation
  • J. Gaines,
    Berger Toombs Elam Gaines & Frank, CPAs;
  • Dr. Brian Jacobus,
    Team Ortho
  • Travis Leonard,
    A&G Concrete Pools
  • Laurie Woodward,
    Life Leadership

Youth of the Year

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