Youth of the Year

In 8th grade, Johnnie was accepted at an Oklahoma City public school that requires an audition and application process. Now a junior, he excels as first chair trombonist in the high school and jazz bands, as well as plays bass drum in the school’s drumline. Johnnie struggled his first year in the school, but found emotional and academic support at the Memorial Park Boys & Girls Club, where he now serves as a leader in the Keystone Club, part of the Club’s leadership development program. He writes and records his own music through the Club’s music studio and has released three original songs on Soundcloud.

In addition to staying on top of academic requirements and working on his music at the Club, Johnnie served last summer as a Junior Staff member, assisting in the kitchen. His strong work ethic and positive attitude was an inspiration both to his fellow staff members and the Club kids he served.

Johnnie plans to attend college majoring in music production and performance, either at [email protected] or the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California. He attributes his bright future to the relationships and support he has received at the Memorial Park Boys & Girls Club.

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