Nzingha Rothmiller from Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County receives $40K college scholarship and will vie for national title this fall
GLASSBORO, NJ – June 27, 2019 – Selected among 12 outstanding finalists from Boys & Girls Clubs across the region, Nzingha Rothmiller from Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County has been named the Northeast Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. At the Northeast Youth of the Year Celebration event in New York City, supported by sponsors The Walt Disney Company and Toyota, Rothmiller was presented with a $10,000 college scholarship renewable for up to four years, leading to a total of $40,000.
Rothmiller was selected as the Northeast Youth of the Year because of her leadership at the Club and her commitment to giving back to her community. She is passionate about empowering youth to use their voice and speak up on issues they care about. Rothmiller believes youth today are strong, well-educated and have the power to create change in their communities.
“As a Youth of the Year, I am ready to be the person that lights that spark in our youth to become what I know we can be,” Rothmiller stated. “With a bit of guidance, a good education, and a lot of passion, I know today’s kids and teens are well on their way to establishing positive change for America’s future.”
Rothmiller started attending the Woodbury Boys & Girls Club in the fourth grade. Before joining the Club, she was shy and timid. It’s there where she stepped outside her comfort zone and discovered a love for cooking and the Club’s multimedia program. Rothmiller went from not being able to bear standing in front of an audience to producing multiple films, including a whole cooking show series.
“I had no idea the impact the Club would have on me,” said Rothmiller. “I just knew that I needed to be somewhere besides home after school. In just a little over a month, I noticed that I was becoming a more confident person. The Club provided me with a positive and uplifting environment to give me the confidence that I never knew I had.”
In September, she will travel to Washington D.C. to contend for the National Youth of the Year title, which comes with an additional $100,000 scholarship and the opportunity to serve as a spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America representing four million Club kids and teens.
Founded more than seventy years ago in 1947 as Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club. The Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by The Walt Disney Company, who has supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota is the Signature Sponsor of the national Youth of the Year program.
For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit youthoftheyear.org.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County
In 2005, Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County (BGCGC) was formed by merging The Boys & Girls Club of Paulsboro and The Boys & Girls Club of Glassboro. In 2014, BGCGC was named Non-Profit of the Year by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce. Today, BGCGC serves over 1,000 kids while following their core beliefs to provide: a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, and hope & opportunity to all. The administrative office is located in Glassboro, NJ. Learn more at https://gcbgc.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/boysgirlsclubgloucester/ .
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,600 Clubs serve over 4.7 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in Boys & Girls Clubs of America-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.