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Venice Club’s 2013 ‘Youth of the Year’ To Be Honored at Google

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The Venice office of tech giant Google will host a ceremony Feb. 21 honoring the 2013 “Youth of the Year” of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, the club said Tuesday in a statement.

Kimberly Woodruff, a senior at Culver City High School, was named as the club’s 2013 Youth of the Year. Woodruff has been a member of the club for seven years and was a co-founder of The Girls PACT, a weekly discussion and information-sharing group for high school girls.

“We are extremely proud of all four nominees,” said the club’s executive director, Erikk Aldridge, in the statement. “They have shown tremendous ability, fortitude and ambition through a challenging process. Kimberly, along with our past Youth of the Year winners proves that the value of a club membership is immeasurable.”

Woodruff is a two-time finalist for the award, which is the highest honor given by the club.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Venice provided me with great opportunities and helped broaden my horizons,” Woodruff said in the statement. “The club gave me something I did not have at home – stability.”

Kimberly Woodruff, a senior at Culver City High School, has been named the 'Youth of the Year" of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

Kimberly Woodruff, a senior at Culver City High School, has been named the ‘Youth of the Year” of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

The other finalists were Adam Fente of Culver City High School and Briseida Vargas and Jose Garcia of Venice High School.

The Youth of the Year honor includes a $1,000 scholarship award and the winner can further advance in regional, state and national competition. Sponsor donations for the event also will be split among the four finalists for their college education. Event sponsors, so far, include: Google, Sonrise Westside Community Church, Toyota Financial Services, Bank of America, Staples, Gap and the law firm of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ceresi.

The Boys & Girls Club of Venice also will present Community Leader Awards to supporters Lisa and Alvin Michaelson and volunteer board member Marty Goldberg.

Board members who judged the event were: Stephen Kill of Nestlé USA, Bill Francis of Staples, and Jerry Mialaret of Bank of America. Other judges included: Tony Payne of Google, Preeti Dalwani of Digital Domain, Christina Choi of The Capital Group, Meg Wade of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors and 2001 Venice Youth of the Year Ameer Ghanie.

The Boys & Girls Club of Venice was first established in 1968. Venice High School graduate Andy Perez was the club’s 2012 Youth of the Year and received his award at special effects house Digital Domain on Rose Avenue.

To become an event or scholarship sponsor, contact Danielle Chi at Danielle@bgcv.or or (310) 574-5051. Attendees can register for the event at : http://yoy2013.eventbrite.com.

–Venice Dispatch

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