Youth of the Year
Alexis Smith is as strong and dynamic as she is smart and savvy. She is the proud 2017 Youth of the Year for Oklahoma County and emphasizes that the Club has been more than just a place to go, but a place to be who she really is. “The Boys & Girls Clubs have given me a second home to spread my wings. I am determined to spread them all the way to the top,” says Alexis, a senior at Harding School of Fine Arts.
A member of the Principal’s Honor Society, Alexis is at the top of her class—she has a 4.0 GPA, is active in her school’s Black Student Union and student council. She is all of this and a 12-year member of Oklahoma County Boys & Girls Clubs. Walking the halls of Memorial Park, Alexis wears many hats. When she isn’t balancing AP classes and creating art, she serves as the Treasurer of the student leadership program, the Keystone Club, and works at the front desk as a junior staff member. In the community, she serves as a founding member of the Youth Leadership Council; a program created to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy in central Oklahoma, which often meets at Memorial Park. In the last year, Alexis logged over 500 hours of community service through regular visits to organizations such as the Regional Food Bank, Salvation Army, and Infant Crisis Center.
She has been accepted into Oklahoma State University and looks forward to helping her peers gain better access to teen-friendly medical clinics, shining a light on social injustice, and empowering young people who struggle to find their true self.