Exceptional teen named European Youth Of The Year

Selected among three outstanding youth in EUCOM, RioShaune’ Harris has been named the European Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. 

As the new European Youth of the Year, she will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. A true example of an extraordinary young leader, 17-year old RioShaune’ will now vie for BGCA’s Northeast Region Youth of the Year title and an additional college scholarship.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles.

Youth of the Year encourages club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities.

Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

RioShaune’, a member of the Vogelweh Teen Center, attends Kaiserslautern American High School, and maintains a 3.82 GPA. She is captain of the varsity track relay team and a member of the varsity volleyball team, the Spanish Club, and the Model United Nations.

RioShaune’ tutors Spanish, math and science and is involved in a
variety of community activities, including Keystone Club and Delta Gems. She volunteers with the youth center, the Deployed Spouses’ Program and Project Rudolph and plans to study engineering at Baylor University.

RioShaune’ said she believes the biggest hardships military children face are moving and deployments. 

“It is never easy to pick up your life and start all over again in a new
location, nor is it easy to sit and wonder if your parent will return home safe from war. That is why having a place to go where the people are receptive and friendly is so important in a military community. The Teen Center on Vogelweh has become that place where friendships develop.”  
This summer, RioShaune’ will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members within the northeast region.

If named the regional winner, she will be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor.
Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year, additional scholarships and a meeting with the U.S. president.

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, contact your local youth programs or visit www.bgca.org/yoy.

(Courtesy of the Vogelweh Teen Center)