Wake Forest teen volunteer is role model at Boys & Girls Club

Posted March 19, 2012

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— Every day after school, 16-year-old Kyndall Dysard heads over to volunteer at the the Boys & Girls Club of Wake Forest. She's been doing it since she was 12.

"It's just like my second home, my family. It's my stability in life," Dysard said.

The Boys & Girls Club named her the 2012 Youth of the Year for Wake County, the highest honor that the group gives.

In the past year, Dysard has volunteered 275 hours while maintaining a 3.3 grade-point average.

"I believe everyone should volunteer," she said. "Not just for yourself, to have that good feeling, but just to know that you're making an impact on someone else's life."

Dysard has a unique ability to connection with children, whether over a game of bumper pool or helping them with homework, said Jessica Bullock, director of the Boys & Girl Club  in Wake Forest. The approximately 200 children who come to the club know her by name.

"She's very important to the club, because she gives the kids someone to look up to," Bullock said. "They want to be Kyndall one day. They want to be like her, and it gives them a positive role model."

Dysard said she's the one who gains from volunteering at the club. Wake Forest teen helps children Wake Forest teen helps children

"You learn new things every day, with different kids and different outlooks on everybody's life," she said.

In addition to her volunteer work, she is also a part-time staff member, president of leadership club and a member of several youth advisory councils.

The award from Boys & Girls Club included a $1,000 college scholarship, and she'll find out in April if she is selected as North Carolina's Youth of the Year.

Dysard said she would like to go to college and get a job in public relations, ideally for the nation Boys & Girls Club organization.

"All the opportunities I've gained are countless and amazing," she said.


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  • jdqb112 Mar 19, 2012

    Kyndall is a shining example of the impact of the Boys & Girls Clubs! They are a great organization that provides a safe, positive environment with tons of opportunties to BE GREAT for our young people. There is always talk on this forum about what the community and it's leaders should or should not do to make this community a better place to live. The first thing we should all do as citizens is help organizations like the B&GC through financial support and volunteerism! The B&GC relies on support from the community to continue operation. Instead of wanting someone else to make a difference...why don't you!

  • caseofthefoo Mar 19, 2012

    the best role model anyone or anyone can have is themselves for if you look to others you are saying to yourself that you are worthless and weak. Never let anyone or anything prevent you from achieving your dreams, your desires and your goals.

    Could you explain your first sentance. Sounds to me like you're saying Boys and Girls Clubs shouldn't try and provide role models and mentors to youth. Really??

  • caseofthefoo Mar 19, 2012

    NC Reader - You're absolutely right. More often than not, there's an unfair stereotype about teens and what a lot of them do with their time.

  • lisa4 Mar 19, 2012

    What a wonderful young lady!!!

  • SaltlifeLady Mar 19, 2012

    What a wonderful role model for these kids!

  • wdweveryyear Mar 19, 2012

    chairman, i saw that too lol

  • brassy Mar 19, 2012

    Glad to see some good news.

  • nanasix Mar 19, 2012

    It's wonderful to read good news for a change. She's an amazing teenager, I'd love to see others follow in her foot steps and help make a difference with our children and g/children.
    Thank you for what you do.

  • Da Toy Maker Mar 19, 2012

    What a great young lady she is!

  • Chairman of the Bored Mar 19, 2012

    "more safer and educated society." - Truth Hurt

    Oh the irony.