Annual Batteries Included Youth Achievement Gala Friday, May 5
Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman will join other officials and dignitaries in honoring local youth leaders at the 10th annual Batteries Included Youth Achievement Awards Gala at6 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. These amazing students are making a difference in our community and are available to tell their stories ahead of the gala. Call 702-229-2205 to schedule interviews.
Yessica Juarez is a senior at Western High School who will be honored with the Emerging Leader Award. Yessica describes herself as someone who did not take her education seriously and had family members involved in drugs and in and out of jail. She joined Batteries Included and is now on course to graduate and is looking forward to college and a career in law enforcement.
“I know without Batteries Included I probably wouldn’t be where I am today,” Yessica said. “Being able to graduate, go to college and know what I want to do for a career to make my family proud is something that this program gave me the chance to do.”
The Batteries Included Youth Initiative is a unique collaboration between the city, Clark County School District and Nevada Partners that represents a combined commitment to excellence and achievement.
The program has 16 sites located in community centers and high schools across the valley, with the ultimate goal of increasing graduation rates, reducing the number of disconnected youth, and mentoring the next generation of leaders in our community. Batteries Included works to ensure the teens reach their greatest potential by providing after-school educational activities focused on leadership, preparing for college and careers.
Mayor Goodman, and Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky are among those scheduled celebrate the difference that these high school students have made in their own lives and the community.
Along with Yessica, this year’s honorees include:
- Shanya Espy, Legacy High School – Mayor’s Award recipient
- Carlos Reza Vega, Las Vegas Academy – Leadership Award recipient
- Maricella Mojaddidi-Brambila, Las Vegas Academy – Education Award recipient
- Hayden Davis, Las Vegas Academy – Arts Award recipient
- Qaylee Baker-Judie, Legacy High School – Career Development Award recipient
- Rancho High School Batteries Included – Community Engagement Award recipient