Congratulations Kala Lones!
2019-2020 Youth of the Year award winner
Kala is a senior at Appleton North High School, who first walked through Club doors 11 years ago at a time when she was scared, shy, and homeless. She credits the Club with giving her a voice and helping her envision a future for herself that she could be proud of. She has used this voice to become a published writer, incredible singer, and will continue to use it to do her part to help eliminate the stigma around the mental health crisis and to be there for those who are struggling.
Nevaeh Berry, a junior at Appleton North High School, was selected as this year’s runner up. Kala and Nevaeh competed with five other candidates who all shared their stories of resiliency, determination, and perseverance.
As Youth of the Year winner, Kala will receive a $1,000 post-secondary educational scholarship, which is renewable annually for up to four years. She will also have the opportunity to participate in the state Youth of the Year competition in Madison next spring.