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 “Everyone wants more out of life whether it is big or small, they just need the right support to move forward.”

Wilmington_Janely Mena (1024x768)Janely Mena has been a member of the Wilmington Boys & Girls Club for ten years. She believes that “everyone wants more out of life whether it is big or small, they just need the right support to move forward.”

Janely is currently a senior at Phineas Banning High School and is hoping to attend the University of California, San Diego as a psychology major next year. In addition to being a Honor Roll recipient for the past seven semesters, Janely is also a member of the California Scholarship Federation, Student Council, Magnet Council, and Educational Talent Search. She is also an active member of the Cross Country team, where she placed 3rd, as well as her Soccer Team, where she served as JV captain.

Much like her dedication to her academics, Janely is also very dedicated to her community. She is the former secretary and current president of Keystone Leadership Program, a member of Arts Academy, a mentor and volunteer in Wilmington, a Jr. Staff volunteer through the Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington, has participated in various academic and leadership summits and is a member of College Bound. She was awarded the member of the month, through both the Boys and Girls Club as well as through College Bound, and was awarded fantastic achievement and service to the community in 2015 by the California Legislative Assembly.

Janley ultimately wants to become forensic psychologist in order to “not only to help solve those crimes but understand why people make the choices they do.”