Kiana Knolland
2013-2014 National Youth of the Year
“The Boys & Girls Club has been an integral part of my life. I am honored to represent an organization that has had such a tremendous impact on my character and wellbeing.”

Kiana has overcome many obstacles to become the young woman she is today. Growing up in a single-parent home, her mother provided her with a great support system. But her mom’s health problems also made life difficult.

Since joining the Club at age 5, Kiana has been an active participant. She is president of the Keystone Club, a teen leadership group dedicated to community service. As a junior staff member, she enjoys being a role model to younger children. And as a music lover, Kiana has been an enthusiastic participant in gospel choir, samba band, steel band, African band, as well as various dance activities.

Giving back to her community is also important to Kiana. A participant in the Pure & Simple Lifestyle project, she’s spoken at local schools about abstinence. She also volunteers at the Kansas African American Museum, belongs to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, chairs the Government & Legislative Affairs Committee of the Mayor’s Youth Council, and is a board member of Community Operations Recovery Empowerment, a local nonprofit.

A high school senior keenly focused on her future, Kiana interned last summer at Kansas’ largest law firm. She plans to attend Howard University to pursue a career in the legal field.