Even at a young age, our 2016 Youth of the Year Jocelynn Johnston's leadership qualities were very apparent. The staff at the Payne Family Branch recall her being very shy, but always lending a helping hand to assist in any way possible. She assisted with Power Hour (a homework and tutoring session) and mentored younger students to do well in school.
A member since she was in the fifth grade, she blossomed as a young adult at the age of 14, when she began participating in the Keystone Club ( a unique leadership development experience that provides opportunities for young people to participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service). She has held the position of Keystone Treasurer, Vice President and President of Keystone Knights. Her commitment to the club has been unwavering and she represented our organization at the National Keystone Conference in Anaheim and was selected to attend the National Keystone Conference in Dallas.
Jocelynn has also participated in Leadership Camp, Summer Games, You Go Girl Track Meet and Camp Old Navy’ s Job Shadowing Project.
She stands above the rest and epitomizes what the Boys & Girls Club stands for. She is committed to being a responsible citizen and leader in our community. She understands the importance of leading an active and healthy lifestyle and knows that education is important and the foundation for a great future. She is currently a Junior at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, where she holds a 3.9 GPA.
Jocelynn is very charismatic, friendly, has a positive demeanor and is well liked by staff, peers and younger members. Her peers respect her as a leader in the Club. Jocelynn is very passionate about working with children and hopes to be employed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego when she is older. The leadership skills she has acquired at the Club will allow her to be a positive role model to others for many years to come.