Tyiesha Sweed is a true example of an extraordinary young woman. At age 17, she has just been selected to compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Texas Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 scholarship from the Reader’s Digest Foundation. As the Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley, Sweed is among hundreds of local youth across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. This program was founded over 60 years ago through the generosity of Reader’s Digest.

Tyiesha Sweed is a senior at A&M Consolidated and has been a member of the Club @ Consol Teen Center for four years. Tyiesha is the second oldest of seventeen children. Her family and siblings have struggled through more difficult times than anyone should ever have to face. Despite her difficult circumstances, Tyiesha wants to be a positive role model for her siblings, showing them that if you put your heart into and stay focused, you can achieve anything. Along with being involved at the Club @ Consol, Sweed volunteers for the Boys & Girls Club, United Way, and Family Promise. She has been a cheerleader for four years, elected to the Student Council and is an officer for the High School Choir. After graduation, Tyiesha plans to attend a university and obtain a bachelor’s degree.

“Tyiesha is an amazing young lady. Despite tremendous obstacles and very few resources she has reached significant goals in her life. We are very proud of her and her dedication in inspiring others to persevere” said Ron Rolett, President, Boys & Girls Club of the Brazos Valley.