Youth of the Year nominee Sarabeth Estrada

After her parents’ divorce, Sarabeth Estrada quickly became a mother figure for her younger siblings.

Sarabeth Estrada. Photo by Nancy Crase/CrasePhoto.

At the Jerry & Helen Wisotsky/Peoria Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, she found a place where she could still be a kid.

Estrada was just 7 when she walked into the neighborhood club. “I escaped all the responsibilities at home and got to just be a kid,” says Estrada, now 15.

Estrada is one of 12 outstanding Valley youth vying to become the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix Youth of the Year during the “Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars” event Feb. 18. The event, which ultimately will chose one youth to represent the chapter at the statewide competition, will be held from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa.

Ever since she can remember, Estrada has always had a passion for music, and the club helped give her the self-confidence to get involved with singing, acting and public speaking throughout her schooling.

She also learned the importance of giving back and leadership while participating in club programs like Torch Club and Keystone, community service clubs for kids and teens.

“My community has given me and my family so much. I need to do my best to give back to others who are in need,” says Estrada.

Estrada, a sophomore at Peoria High School, is involved with many extracurricular activities.

She plans to become a certified cosmetologist through a program offered at her school. She then would like to go to Eastern Arizona College to earn a business degree so she can one day own her own salon.

Every year, thousands of children benefit from after-school youth development programs, extended services and community support programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix’ 12 clubhouses, dental clinic and outreach programs. For more information, visit bgcmp.org.

Erin Saltzman

Tomorrow: Nominee Cynthia Vasquez.

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