Tiffany, First Year College Student

"The Boys & Girls Club of Newark has nurtured my ability to understand that an effective leader encourages others to hold the highest sense of self-worth for themselves."

Tiffany has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Newark for more than 10 years. In that time, she has learned the value of self-empowerment. As a first grader, Tiffany was reading below grade level. Through hard work and perseverance, she increased her reading skills and gained the confidence to read aloud in class.

Today, Tiffany is a first year college student at Wake Forest University, studying Nursing. She has a 3.0 GPA and the confidence to perform on stage. When in high school, in addition to academics and drama, Tiffany was captain of both the North Newark RBI league and the Arts High School varsity softball team.

One of Tiffany’s greatest qualities is her deep belief that the images of perfection portrayed in the media are damaging to young people. When she was younger, Tiffany was bullied about her weight and helped a friend cope with the message, “Lose 10 pounds to become a model.” These experiences deeply affected Tiffany and were influential in building her consciousness of how superficial values affect women.

Today Tiffany is empowered to speak on behalf of those who need a voice; she wants to help others discover their own self-empowerment. “I am of the opinion that no child should feel like they are less than perfect or beautiful because of the images portrayed online or in print.”

As BGCN Youth of the Year, Tiffany will make it her duty to bring an impactful program to youth and will work to fulfill her dream of starting a nonprofit sports organization for girls in a foreign country.