Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage.
Jeff Mattingly Foundation:
Youth of the Year
Club members who earn the youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. Open to Club members who are juniors and seniors in High School.
Congratulations are in order for Tina Trickey, our 2022 Jeff Mattingly Youth of the Year! Tina, 18, joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Saline County when she was 4 as a soccer sports member. She played sports and came to the afterschool program until 10th grade, where she became a STAFF member.
Club members are paired with peer or adult mentors to positively affect their lives.
“The club has many positive role models who helped me become who I am today. The Club gave me a safe space to be happy, creative, and social.
Growing up at the Club I loved the art room and the SMART Girls program. SMART Girls showed me a love for volunteering and taught me how to build self-confidence in a healthy way. It also gave me the desire to build up other woman and pursue a career in women's health,” Tina says.