Boys and Girls Club’s Alumni Whitney Stewart receives Hero for Change Award


SARASOTA , F L While the Radio Disney Music Awards honored Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Justin Beiber, among others, during its May 1st celebrity-filled ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Disney also presented Sarasota’s own Whitney Stewart with its Hero for Change Award.

Stewart is a Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club alumnae from North Port, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County 2015-2016 Youth of the Year and the Boys & Girls Club of America’s 2015-2016 National Youth of the Year.

Nineteen year old Stewart represents THE VOICE of four million Boys & Girls Club youth and serves as official spokesperson of the organization’s Young Alumni & Friends Club. Through the support of the organization, Whitney has become a leader in multiple areas of her life and is a founder of SEED to SOIL, a high school group that educates students and parents about healthy lifestyles and sustainable agriculture. She is currently a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania studying political Science and economics.

The Heroes for Change Award is a part of Disney’s citizenship identity, Be Inspired, which represents the Company’s collective pro-social and community impact initiatives. This year’s heroes embody Be Inspired in their passionate work to create a brighter tomorrow. See her acceptance speech at the following link:

To learn more about BGCSC or the Youth of the Year program, visit or call 941-366-3911.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County have played an integral role in the Sarasota County community for more than 46 years, providing daily programs and services to thousands of young people. The Mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The vision is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.