Youth of the Year Program

Youth of the Year

Meet our Honorees

Each year, one exceptional Club member
is selected to be the Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people.

Over the year, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives.

Kiara

Kiara Mosley

Bernard Malkove Branch

Kiara Mosley believes that “…this generation wants nothing more than to improve the world that we know now, so that our children never have to worry about getting the resources they need to pursue happiness.”   Kiara has exemplified this belief in many ways at school and church, and at the Bernard Malkove Boys & Girls Club, which led to her selection as Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama’s 2021 Youth of the Year.

At the Club, she has served as Vice President and President of the Club’s Keystone Chapter, participated in planning and facilitation of teen events, helped to plan safe, socially distanced parties for younger members and participated in volunteer events such as Art Walk, food drives and voter registration events.  Kiara serves as BGCSA’s UPS Road Code Ambassador, promoting safe teen driving habits including posting PSA’s to social media during National Teen Driving Safety Week.

Kiara is a senior at Baker High School and is an AP Honors Scholar with a 4.69 GPA.  After graduating in May, 2021 she intends to enter the University of Mobile to pursue a degree in Child Psychology.    Kiara is an active member and speaker at Pilgrim Rest A.M.E. Zion Church, where she has been recognized for her many accomplishments.

Kiara credits her experiences at her Club with helping her to develop the social, academic and life skills that have helped transform her into an accomplished young woman, stating, “I know that I would not have many of my most important relationships or skills if I had never come to a Boys & Girls Club.”

“I want nothing more than to give people, more specifically younger children, the opportunity to make change happen.” – Kiara Mosley

Javelle

Javelle Johnson

Sonny Callahan Branch

Among all those who know him, Sonny Callahan Club’s Youth of the Year Javelle Johnson is recognized as someone who cares deeply about the welfare of others, is focused and motivated, and respectful of others. However, that was not always true.

In 2009, the murder of Javelle’s father devastated his family, and he struggled to cope with seeing his family suffer and with his own intense anger. Added to those obstacles was the fact that he has a learning disability, so going to school was especially “difficult and depressing.”  But within a few months of his attending, the Club became an after-school safe haven for Javelle. Gradually, with the support of Club staff, participation in a variety of activities and mentoring the younger Club
members, Javelle began to mature and learned how to cope with the obstacles in
his life.

As a member of the Club’s “Job Ready” workforce training program, Javelle’s responsibilities include the maintenance and cleaning of the Club, something in which he takes great pride. He is active in the teen programs, volunteering at food drives and the Salvation Army and participating in the Club’s Teen Nights. With his “calming influence” on sometimes rambunctious younger kids, Javelle is often asked to lead Club activities for that age group.

As a junior at Theodore High School, Javelle is known as an exemplary student who is intense about learning and goes beyond what is required in class. As a member of the track team he exhibits both athletic ability and leadership.  After graduating high school, Javelle wants to enroll in Bishop State Community College’s welding apprenticeship program.

“The person that I have become is something that no one would have expected me to become. Going to the Club molded me into a different person.”   Javelle L. Johnson

 

Noah

Noah Mingo

Optimist Branch

From being a self-described quiet, shy child during his first months as a member of the Optimist Boys & Girls Club, over the years Noah Mingo has become a leader and spokesperson for the Club at media appearances and outreach events.  He is also known at school and church for these communication skills, leadership ability and positive attitude.

 

Noah’s selection as his Club’s Youth of the Year for three consecutive years reflect how much he has taken advantage of the opportunities and experiences available at his Club.  He is editor of the Club’s monthly newsletter, serves as the master of ceremony at events and assists with fundraising.  BGCSA’s Job Ready program provided Noah with his first job, and the chance to develop a good work ethic and social skills.  He perfected his cooking skills in the Club’s Culinary class, has served as Keystone Club president, is a member of the Gavel Club and Omega Lamplighters, and organized community and club clean-up events.  He was one of a select group of Club teens who attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Camp in 2019.

 

Noah is an active member of Destiny Vision Christian Center where he is a member of the sound and media team.  In 2019 he was the recipient of an Achievement Award from the church which is given to those who maintain a high moral standard and community involvement. 

 

Noah will graduate from Grace Baptist Academy in May of this year, and intends to enter the University of South Alabama to pursue a degree in Psychology. 

 

We can agree to disagree and still live peacefully. Noah Mingo

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Rowell

Semmes Branch

Brooklyn Rowell became a member of the Semmes Boys & Girls Club as a second grader, but she did not want to be there.  “I constantly complained that I did not want to go anymore,” she says.  “I stayed to myself, was very quiet and did not participate in many activities.”  But with the encouragement of Club staff, Brooklyn soon became active in several programs, and eight years later she is a leader among her peers and a role model to younger girls.

 

Brooklyn credits her involvement in Club programs as having provided her with confidence, skills and knowledge, and cites the “No Limits Girls’ Aviation” program as having the greatest impact on her plans for an aviation career.  Because of her involvement with “No Limits,” including serving as the program’s Teen Leader, Brooklyn received a scholarship to attend the summer program at the Naval Flight Academy. 

At Mary Montgomery High School, she has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Honor Society and the volleyball team.  Additionally, with the Mobile Storm volleyball team she is on the top team in her age group, and was named Player of the Tournament for the “15 National” team. Upon graduation from high school in 2023, she intends to enter Liberty University.

A love of serving others is shown by Brooklyn’s mentorship with the Kids’ Ministries at Dayspring Baptist Church, where she does media/ tech duties for the elementary department, assists in the preschool area, and sets up and cleans for Wednesday night services. Community service includes volunteering with food pantries, the Ronald McDonald House, and Cleaning the Gulf Coast.

Brooklyn states, “Throughout this journey as a Semmes Boys & Girls Club member, I have become a hardworking, confident, visionary leader. Something I started off hating ended up turning into the most impactful seven years of my life.”

“We have the responsibility to love others. I believe the best way to do that is through service.” – Brooklyn Rowell 

Kiera

Kiera Denise-Diane Sullivan

Kiwanis Branch

Although Kiera Sullivan is only in her freshman year at W.P. Davidson High School, she has already made an impact at school, at the Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club, and in her community.   

Kiera is a member of Davidson’s cheerleading squad and the Delta Academy, and is a Girl Scout.  At the Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club, she is a member of the Keystone Club and has served as president of the Torch Club since 2019.  

Her love for children and their well-being is evidenced by the fact that she is in demand as a dependable baby-sitter for several families, experience which is helping her achieve the future goal of pursuing a career as a pediatrician. Upon graduation from Davidson High in 2024, Kiera wants to attend the University of South Alabama as the next step in achieving her career choice.
 
Kiera states that her Club helped her to “come out of her shell,” to develop better communication skills and to focus on her future goals.   She states, “I’m so grateful for the Kiwanis Club because I have a safe, positive learning environment to complete my school work.” 
 

“No matter how tough things get, never give up!” – Kiera Sullivan