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Boys and Girls Club name Gao Hlee Moua Minnesota Youth of the Year

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gao hlee mouaSelected among nine outstanding youth, Gao Hlee Moua, of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, has been named the Minnesota Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

As the new Minnesota Youth of the Year, she will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. Moua was also awarded a Home Team Scholarship presented by FOX Sports North in conjunction with the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Vikings organizations. An example of an extraordinary young leader, 17-year-old Moua will now vie for the BGCA's Midwest Region Youth of the Year title and an additional college scholarship.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA's premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles.

Moua joined the Mt. Airy Club in Saint Paul at age 6. She is the ninth and youngest child of Hmong immigrants, and along with her siblings she was raised solely by her mother in Mt. Airy public housing. Family is a high priority within the Hmong culture and Moua said she knows that her family counts on her.

Moua is also a member of the Mt. Airy Club, serving as president of Keystone, a club program, captain of the club volleyball team, and working at the club as a youth worker through Youth Job Corps, a position that provides extra income for her family. Moua also volunteers at Mt. Airy Club, dedicating her time to younger club members.

Moua attends Harding High School in Saint Paul where she is a senior maintaining a 3.99 grade point average. In addition to all her other activities, Moua is a member of the National Honor Society, Harding choir, French Club and Prom Committee. She plans on attending the College of Saint Benedict after high school and major in law. Her life goal is to have a career in the criminal justice field, specifically working as a detective.

"I dream about my future self, and giving back to the community that helped me to develop from a shy girl with low self-confidence into a leader and catalyst for change," said Moua.

This summer, Moua will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members within the Midwest Region. If named regional winner, she will be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program's national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. to compete for the title of BGCA's National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

"As a long time supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, I am proud to announce Tupperware's involvement in the Youth of the Year program," said Rick Goings, chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands Corporation. "We strongly believe in these future leaders of tomorrow and are proud to support their continuing education."

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.bgca.org/yoy.
 

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