Reigning winner Arabella Gipp was announced as the 2023 Lawrence Youth of the Year winner Thursday evening. She vulnerably shared how she began living unapologetically in her identity and found her sense of belonging.
Five candidates will give speeches on Thursday evening in front of family, friends and community members, and one will be selected as the 2023 Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Youth of the Year.
As Lawrence High School sophomore Arabella Gipp began to realize a personal disconnect with the mental health resources in the area, she could also see those around her were in the same boat. This prompted her to take action.
A group of current and former staffers of Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence have launched a petition complaining of unsafe conditions, systemic inequity and mismanagement, and they’re demanding an overhaul of the organization’s programs.
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