Activities for Teens
Nicole Brodi Named "Student Citizen of the Year"
The City of Boynton Beach Education & Youth Advisory Board proudly announces Nicole Brodi as the winner of the 18th annual “Bob Borovy Student Citizen of the Year” Award. Ms. Brodi was presented with a $1,000 check and recognized at the May 16 City Commission Meeting, and will have her name placed on the permanent plaque at City Hall.
The award was created in 2000 to recognize a graduating high school senior who best epitomizes the spirit of volunteerism and giving to the community exemplified by the late Bob Borovy. A United States Veteran and former Advisory Board on Children and Youth board member, Mr. Borovy was an active citizen of the Boynton Beach community for many years. High school seniors are nominated by three adults and write an essay on what they have learned from performing volunteer community service. The winner must be of good moral character, have done significant volunteer work and made significant contributions to his/her community. The award is funded through donations secured by the Education & Youth Advisory Board.
Ms. Brodi will graduate from Lake Worth Christian School with a 3.7 GPA and over 800 hours of community service. She has been part of her school’s service club “Faith in Action” for four years. Through this group, she has volunteered for various local projects such as canned food drives, a food pantry and park clean-ups as well as collecting items and packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This organization makes a worldwide impact by sending shoebox gifts containing toys and hygiene items to disadvantaged children around the world. She has also volunteered as a counselor-in-training with elementary aged children during summer camp and for the I Can Bike Camp which helps children with special needs learn how to ride a bike. Nicole will attend Florida Atlantic University, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education.
A 2nd place award of $300 was presented to Claudia Elysee, who will graduate from Park Vista High School’s Medical Sciences Academy with over 250 hours of volunteer service at Bethesda East Hospital. She is also a member of the English Honor Society, Multicultural Club and her church youth choir. Claudia plans to attend Palm Beach State College in the fall and major in Nursing. Her goal is to obtain her Master’s Degree and become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.
Youth Volunteer Bank
Created in 1997 by the Education and Youth Advisory Board, the purpose of the Youth Volunteer Bank is to facilitate, promote and reward youth who volunteer in our community. Since the beginning of the program, 816 youth have recorded over 61,000 volunteer hours and over $22,770 in savings bonds and prizes have been awarded. For more information, call 561-742-6224 or download Youth Volunteer Bank application.
Youth Empowerment Center
The Boynton Beach Youth Empowerment Center, located at the Carolyn Sims Center, 225 NW 12th Avenue, is a special place that gives area youth the opportunity to gather in a safe environment and socialize with others. In addition, a variety of programs are offered including tutoring, sports, work skills, teen talks and mentoring. The Center features a game room, computer lab and classrooms where service providers will deliver their programs, specifically targeted to youth ages 13-18. Weekly programs are offered by instructors and staff who develop relationships with teens and their families. Teens will grow physically, mentally and emotionally through a structured, goal-oriented curriculum and scheduled classes. Classes are safe, fun and conducted in a supportive environment. For information on hours and programs offered, call 561-742-6641.