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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.

We are excited to announce our 2024 Jeff Mattingly Foundation Youth of the Year is Melissa Garcia! After graduation she is hoping to attend the University of Central Arkansas and wants to pursue a career in Pediatrics. Melissa has worked for the Riverside Club for 2 years and has been a part of our Club family since she was in 4th grade.




Club members are paired with peer or adult mentors to positively affect their lives.


“’You are the light that shines for the world to see.’ Matthew 5:14. Plenty of times while growing up, my parents reminded me that I was created for a purpose to fulfill in this world. No matter the color of my skin, the way I talked, or even my appearance, could change my purpose in this world.


The Club has been a place I will never forget and will always have a special place in my heart. Being surrounded by other members who also want to do good in this world by being the light and difference in these kids' lives, is inspiring. As Youth of the Year, I will illuminate my purpose. I will be a voice for our Club members especially, the Hispanic youth.”-Melissa

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