Two-time Youth of the Year winner, 17-year-old Kyra Kirby, is recognized for her academic accomplishments after earning the title again locally last month and now placing as the runner-up in the state competition. A long-time member of The Salvation Army North Mabee Boys & Girls Club, Kirby was named 2020 Youth of the Year during a banquet for the local competition in March. She was awarded a $5,000 scholarship there and then went on to compete at the state level, where she earned second place and an addition scholarship for $2,500.
Youth of the Year is a national recognition program through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Club members are nominated to be in the running for Youth of the Year. As an active member of her club, Kyra has earned more than 200 volunteer hours and enjoys teaching art classes. “This recognition gives me the motivation to keep inspiring youth in my community,” says Kirby.
She was also Youth of the Year in 2018 and 2019. She is part of the graduating class of 2020 and has been accepted into three colleges so far, but has yet to decide where she would like to go to pursue becoming an OB/GYN.
About the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club:
In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.
There are five Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in the metropolitan Tulsa area. Each club offers special fellowship, character development, and educational and recreational opportunities. Day camps and residential camping experiences are also available at all locations.
Every location is a fun place for people of all ages. Each club provides a positive place that kids can look upon as their home away from home.
To learn more about The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa, visit www.salarmytulsa.org.