MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- The Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon has chosen Nathaly Burgos as the 2016-17 Youth of the Year.
Nathaly is a 14-year-old eighth-grader at A.B. Davis Middle School. She will attend Thornton High School in September. Nathaly has been a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon since she was 10 years old. She participates in many activities at the club, including Smart Girls, Mentoring Program, STEM, Poet’s Club, Teen Program, Community Service and serves as a tutor for younger members.
She has worked at the club through Mount Vernon’s Youth Employment Program. She is a member of the Alpha Stars cheerleading team, which recently won a national championship in Orlando, Fla. She debuted her singing talents at the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon’s end-of-summer celebration in 2015, and she sang at the club’s recent Spoken Word Concert.
Nathaly aspires to work in the medical profession and is committed to improving her grades so she can attend a top university. She will represent the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon at the upcoming Keystone Conference in Dallas.
“I have had my ups and downs along the way through mentoring," she said. "But I feel like a new person. Overall, my experience at the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon has been memorable, and I will treasure it forever. I would like to mention the people who have made this possible and helped me. Mr. Melvin Campos – I would not even be there if it were not for him. Mrs. Bailey – even though I have been in pain you still did not give up on me and showed me right from wrong. Mr. Johnson – for asking me how was my day and telling me it is OK things will get better. Finally, to Ms. Penny and Mrs. Powell – thank you for making me smile when I have a bad day.”