Member Spotlight

Youth of the Year

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional young person from a Boys & Girls Club rises to the role of National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people. The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to state, regional and national levels. 

We are proud to have one past Club member who was recognized as the National Youth of the Year! In 2006, Cedar Rapids Club Member, Stacey Walker, progressed through the local, State, and regional competitions to win the title of National Youth of the Year 2006-2007.
Monday, January 8, Nicole Techau was named Cedar Rapids Youth of the Year at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids Youth of the Year competition at First Congregational Church in Cedar Rapids. This event was held to determine who will represent Cedar Rapids at the State Youth of the Year Competition. Her next step will be to compete in Lincoln, Nebraska, March 22 and 23. 

 “I have attended the Club the Club for seven years. When I first began attending Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids, I thought they were just a daycare, but I quickly learned that it is much more than daycare. Because of the Club, I have found my voice and have become a leader both at the Club and at school,” said Techau. 
Within the last few years, Techau has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs Theatre Group, Youth of the Year, Junior Staff Development Program, Step Team, coach of the Boys & Girls Clubs Kid’s Show Choir, Young Mentors Movement, Power Hour, and Games-O-Rama. 

Techau is 15 years old and attends Washington High School. She is the second to youngest child of six siblings. At Washington, she plays the violin in the Symphony Orchestra and a dance captain in show choir. She attends Twin Pines Baptist Church in Robins, Iowa. Her hobbies include reading and writing.

Meet All of Our Candidates for Cedar Rapids Youth of the Year!

Kenshau Comer

Kenshau is 14 years old and a freshman at Jefferson High School. His parents are Tawana and Claude . He enjoys cooking meals and playing basketball with his friends at the YMCA. Kenshau has been a Club member for 9 years, attending both the Hoover and Olivet locations. Kenshau joined the Junior Staff Career Development program in June 2017. In the last year he has participated in Triple Play, Torch Club, Passport to Manhood, Power Hour, Games O Rama and YOY program with TFS. Kenshau helps run Triple Play and Game Room programs. 

Philip Huse

Phil is 18 years old and a senior at Jefferson High School. His parents are Rick and Pam. He is actively involved in his church youth group and enjoys video games and YouTube. Phil joined the Junior Staff Career Development program in June 2017. In the last year he has participated in Keystone, Passport to Manhood, Power Hour, and Youth of the Year program with Toyota Financial Services. Phil created and leads a video game club as well as computer lab programs. 

Lily Kisling

Lily is 14 years old and a freshman at Xavier High School. Her parents are Kendra and Matt and she has two younger brothers Charlie and Callum. Lily is involved in school art club, choir, backstage crew and Key Club. She has been a Boys & Girls Club member for 6 years, attending both the Hoover and Olivet locations. Lily joined the Junior Staff Career Development program in June 2017. In the last year she has been involved in Torch Club, SMART girls, Power Hour, Soroptimist Cooking Club, and Youth of the Year program with Toyota Financial Services. Lily helps run reading and art programs.

Nichole Techau

Nicole is 15 years old and a sophomore at Washington High School. She is the second to youngest child of six siblings. Her mother is Catherine Techau, whom Nicole looks to as one of the bravest people she knows. Nicole is a vital member of her school’s Symphony Orchestra where she plays violin, she is a show choir dance captain and attends Twin Pines Baptist Church in Robins, Iowa. Nicole’s hobbies include, reading and writing. In the last few years Nicole has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club Theatre Group, Youth of the Year, Junior Staff Development Program, Step Team, coach of the Boys & Girls Club Kids Show Choir, Young Mentors Movement, Power Hour, and Games-O-Rama.

Ronisha Techau

Ronisha is 15 years old and a freshman at Washington High School. Her mom is Cathy Techau. She is the youngest of six children. Ronisha is a vital member of her school’s Orchestra where she plays violin, she is a member of show choir, she is on the volleyball team, and attends Twin Pines Baptist Church in Robins, Iowa. Ronisha’s hobbies include playing sports, cheerleading, and stepping. In the last few years Ronisha has been a member of the BGC Theatre Group, Junior Staff Development Program, Step Team, Power Hour, and Games-O-Rama.

Ryan Vondracek

Ryan is 16 years old and a sophomore at Xavier High School. His parents are Tom and Laurie. Ryan participates in baseball and speech for school and is involved in his church confirmation group. He loves everything baseball and playing pool with the club kids. Ryan joined the Junior Staff Career Development program in July 2016. In the last year he has participated in Triple Play, Games-O-Rama, Power Hour, Passport to Manhood, and served as Keystone president. Ryan leads Triple Play, Passport to Manhood, and Game Room programs.
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