Chantinique Dancy has used her passion for singing to help her at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley Ladmo Branch – Tempe.
Dancy, 18, feels a sense of purpose since joining the club seven years ago, when she was struggling to cope with her parents divorce.
Dancy is one of eight outstanding Valley youth vying to become the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Valley’s Youth of the Year on Feb. 27. The event, which ultimately will chose one youth to represent the chapter at the statewide competition, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.
She has helped others as a member of the teen leadership-building Keystone Club and the Junior Staff Training team, where she learned how to operate a summer day camp program.
Dancy has helped supervise club members inside and outside of the Club, stepping up to run programs at the last minute. She also helps pre-teen girls build self-confidence and a sense of social responsibility as an assistant in the Club’s Girl Talk program.
The Tempe High School senior is involved with choir and the Black Student Union, a dance program where she serves as historian.
Dancy plans to study cosmetology and would like to earn a degree in business management from Northern Arizona University. Her dream is to one day open a salon and keep helping her community.
Every year, thousands of children benefit from after-school youth development programs, extended services and community support programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Valley. For more information visit clubzona.org.
— Erin Saltzman