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Mar, 2019

Allie Cauchon selected as 2019 Youth of the Year!

"The Boys & Girls Club is my lifeline - it saved me from turning into someone I hated, and enables me to achieve a future in which I’m not only happy but where I can be great." - Allie Cauchon

Last night, in front of energetic and supportive Boys and Girls Club peers, as well as community leaders, government officials, Club board members and families, Ridgefield High School senior Allie Cauchon was named 2019 Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year.

She received a $5,000 scholarship from the Couri Family Foundation, and an official State of Connecticut Citation, presented by State Representative, John Frey. “I can’t articulate a specific moment of realization that the Boys & Girls Club was where I belonged, the idea just gradually solidified itself as a fact in the back of my mind,” says Allie. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. Allie was among 16 Boys & Girls Club finalists, all of whom exhibit characteristics of outstanding leadership and community services - none of whom settle for mediocrity.

They are all making the world a better place. Allie’s enthusiasm for life and the Club is contagious. As a six-year member of the Club, Allie has clocked more than 320 volunteer hours, serves as a mentor for Kids Club, co-chaired the Club’s Community Service Committee, and currently services as Keystone Club Vice President. Allie has done this and more at the Club while taking a total of six AP classes, being a member of the National Honor Society at Ridgefield High School, playing the Cello, and finding time to hone her dance skills - something she’s been passionate about for fifteen years. Allie credits the Club staff and programming for helping her to be the best version of herself.

She defines herself as resilient - an attribute that has helped her grow, lead and achieve, despite significant challenges and obstacles she has encountered. “I want the kids here to know that the Club is a great place because no matter what mistakes you make, you can always find someone who has been through the same thing, and they will help you through,” she says.

Congratulations to Allie and all of the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield Youth finalists including: Jacob Dell, Nicole Bottone, Patrick Browne, Annie Cozens, Hailey Robson, Matt Brooks, Simonne Jesuthasan, Ella Liu, Eugene Simpson, Clodagh Ryan, Michael Ryan, Mya Watson, Sam Klotz, Max DiMarzo, and Charlie MacArthur.

Thank you to the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield for providing a safe haven for kids to learn, grow, establish lifelong friendships - all while having fun!