Dasia says, “ The best way to lead and teach people is to live, lead and love by example. My Youth Center taught me to be a leader who loves beyond gender, ethnicity and demographics to bring out the best in every person I connect with.”
Dasia Bandy is a senior at Grassfield High School STEM Academy in Chesapeake, Virginia. She is passionate about spreading the importance of self care and mental health, especially since suicide is the third leading cause of teenage deaths. Her life experiences with racial tensions has influenced her passion for encouraging youth across the world to love themselves and helpful tips and exercises to live a healthier lifestyle.
Growing up a military child meant extended family wasn’t close by to help Dasia’s mother when her father deployed. Therefore her mother enrolled her in Norfolk Naval Shipyard BGCA-Affiliated Youth Center when she was six years old. For Dasia, going to the Youth Center was the most consistent aspect of her life and it felt like visiting family and a place she could express herself without judgement. She tutored younger members with the Power Hour homework-help program and served as vice president of the BGCA teen leadership program, Keystone Club. At school, Dasia co-founded a multi-cultural program to provide her peers with a space where they can learn about different cultures in their community. Through her club she had the honor and privilege her community and the world as the 2019-2020 National Military Youth of the Year for Boys and Girls Club of America.
It is the top honor a club member can receive that is served by BGCA-Affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. She serves as a role model and spokesperson for America’s youth. Dasia educates millions of Americans about the power of the club experience, and elevates the national key issues facing children and teenagers today. Dasia plans on attending North Carolina A&T after high school. She aspires to become an orthoepic surgeon and an entrepreneur.
Dasia will be our guest speaker this year. We are more than pleased to have her come aboard and bring her intelligence, drive and inspiration to PHAT! Come out and see your community at work!