When I first walked through the Warner A. Gabel Branch six years ago, I was transported to a place filled with wonder and opportunity. My Club experience has been a culmination of moments, conversations, and activities that altered my perspective on how my success is totally up to me.
The Warner A. Gabel Branch was a second home with an extended family. My Club is the place that helped me recognize I have talent for fusing creativity and self-expression with life skills to foster a true sense of community among my peers.
My Club made sure I knew the power of my presence and the influence of my words, so my gift back to this world will be to make sure as many youth as I can reach will know that greatness, power, and influence truly exists in all of us.
2016 Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Youth of the Year
Arianna is currently a freshman at New York University, majoring in theater and broadcast journalism.
In 1991, a pregnant woman fled the civil war in Sierra Leone that killed her husband, finding refuge in the neighboring country of Gambia. Adama Kamara was born in a refugee camp; she and her mother were granted settlement in America shortly thereafter.
Adama was a Club kid at the Woodrow C. Scoutten Tolleson Branch since she was five years old. Her time at the Club enabled her mother to work and support the family and, at her mother’s request/demand, Adama didn’t dilly-dally. With a focus on education, Adama became a SMART Girl and a leader in the Keystone and Torch clubs. Thirteen years after joining, Adama was named the Branch’s Youth of the Year. At Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars 2015, Adama was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix’s Youth of the Year.
Adama attends ASU, majoring in biology with dreams to become an anesthesiologist. She is committed to one day building a hospital in Sierra Leone, and is the living embodiment of BGCMP’s mission.