KIMBERLY WOODRUFF (second from left), a seven-year club member, will be recognized as the Boys & Girls Club of Venice’s Youth of the Year Feb. 21, along with finalists Jose Garcia, Briseida Vargas and Adam Fente.

Kimberly Woodruff, a senior at Culver City High School, has been selected as the Boys & Girls Club of Venice’s 2013 Youth of the Year, the highest honor a club member can receive.
Woodruff, a two-time Youth of the Year finalist, will be recognized during a special ceremony at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Venice’s Google office, 340 Main St. This year’s other finalists include Adam Fente of Culver City High, as well as Briseida Vargas and Jose Garcia of Venice High School.
“We are extremely proud of all four nominees,” said the club’s executive director Erikk Aldridge. “They have shown tremendous ability, fortitude and ambition through a challenging process. Kimberly, along with our past Youth of the Year winners proves that the value of a club membership is immeasurable.”
Woodruff has been a club member for seven years and was one of the co-founders of Girls PACT, a group for high school age girls that meets weekly to discuss relationships, choices, and to share information with other high school students. After graduating she hopes to go to college and double major in child development and accounting.
“The Boys & Girls Club of Venice provided me with great opportunities and helped broaden my horizons,” said Woodruff. “The club gave me something I did not have at home – stability.”
The Youth of the Year honor recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club. Money donated by sponsors for the event will be split among the four finalists to support their college education.
In addition to recognizing the Youth of the Year Feb. 21, the club will be presenting Community Leader Awards to club supporters Lisa and Alvin Michaelson, and volunteer board member Marty Goldberg.