The Darden family wishes to extend our warmest congratulations to 18-year-old Maryah Sullivan, the 2014 State of Florida Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Maryah is a member of the Joe R. Lee Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, which is named after Darden’s first CEO. The BGCA Youth of the Year process started locally with Maryah winning the Central Florida Youth of the Year title. Then she was selected as the Youth of the Year representative for the entire state of Florida.
This year 1 million high school students, one in four, are projected to fail to graduate with their classes. However, one organization is working tirelessly to reduce these statistics. The Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) works to create “bright futures” for our youth across the nation. Twenty-eight percent of BGCA alumni say they would have dropped out of high school if not for their involvement with a local Boys & Girls Club. And more than half of BGCA alumni say BGCA saved their lives.
I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Washington, D.C., recently to attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Youth of the Year Celebration. Despite all the national leaders and celebrities who attended the ceremony, including General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, actress Goldie Hawn and professional snowboarder Shaun White, I was most awe-struck by the Youth of the Year finalists: six college students with tremendous hearts and lofty goals:
Partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and academic support to 40 low-income students
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10, 2012 /3BL Media/ - The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the leading provider of college scholarships to Hispanics across the country, and the Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation (Darden Foundation) have launched a new program to expand scholarship opportunities and academic support for low-income college students.