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Member Spotlight Dec 15

Leading by Example  Member Spotlight: Brandy R.

As the student body president at Benton Harbor High School, Brandy knows about responsibility and planning for the future. She says it is her time spent at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor since the age of nine that has helped her put those things in perspective. At 17 years old in her senior year of high school, Brandy is applying for scholarships and choosing a college, important decisions that will shape the rest of her life. But, Brandy is confident because she has the support of the Clubs.

Born and raised in Benton Harbor, Brandy is a proud student at Benton Harbor High School, where her peers recently voted her 2015 Homecoming Queen. Brandy was honored to be selected for the title and humbled by the sheer number of teens who approached her in the hallways at school to say they would be voting for her. 

photo by Randy Willis

When asked about relationships with those competing for the title, she says that one of her good friends was also on the ballot, and expressed how pleased she was that the competition never came between them or caused any turmoil in the friendship. It is a testament to Brandy’s character, leaving no doubt why so many of her classmates checked the box next to her name.   

Brandy plans to be an athletic trainer and has several college options. She is looking at Grambling State University in Louisiana, one she learned about during a Boys & Girls Club sponsored trip to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair. Brandy has also applied for several scholarships and has a tremendous amount of gratitude for Club Teen Center instructor Natalie Logan who has helped point her toward many of those opportunities.
Brandy also has learned a lot from her older sister, who currently attends Western Michigan University. She has been a great role model, helping to teach Brandy from her experiences like applying to college and living the university life. These are lessons that Brandy hopes to pass on to her younger brother, Robert, a sophomore. “Make sure you choose something you love to do,” she told Robert about his career path.

The Clubs helped Brandy grow from a young age. “The Boys & Girls Clubs have helped me a lot socially. When I was younger, I only knew the kids in my school. The Clubs allowed me to meet all other types of people from different schools and backgrounds,” she said. “They also helped me with my studies, both when I was younger and today – applying to college and getting scholarships.”

Brandy continues to be an advocate for the Clubs and encourages everyone to support the programs. “Invest, invest, invest in the Boys & Girls Clubs,” says Brandy. “When you invest in the Clubs, you are investing in our future. We are going to be future doctors, lawyers, and teachers. These are wonderful kids who plan to do wonderful things in life. The Clubs are making sure that happens.”

photo by Randy Willis

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