The Brigade Boys & Girls Club held its annual Youth of the Year (YOY) competition at Live Oak Bank in mid-February. The YOY is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can earn. Our local YOY winner serves as the Club ambassador for the year and then goes on to represent the Brigade at the State YOY competition.
This year’s contestant were Keantae Graham, a senior at New Hanover High, Josh Bell, a junior at Hoggard High and last years YOY and Catherine Parks a sophomore at UNCW. We are proud to announce this year’s 2016 Brigade’s YOY, Catherine Parks.
Catherine attended Isaac Bear Early College High School. Isaac Bear is program in which all four years of high school courses are completed in freshman and sophomore years, while junior and senior years are used to receive an education at UNCW. Catherine first came to the Brigade in 2006 . Catherine’s vision for America’s youth is that there is no longer a perceived “normal” and that youth won’t feel like there’s something wrong with them if they aren’t exactly like everyone else.