Bellevue teen awarded scholarship for community spirit

Boys & Girls Club teen, Yana Shabanov was recognized for her service.

  • Friday, April 6, 2018 12:30pm
  • Life

Yana Shabanov, a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue, received a $1,000 Qualstar Cooperative Spirit award during a statewide Youth of the Year competition in Seattle.

Yana was recognized as the candidate who best demonstrated what it means to give back to others. Her accomplishments included completing more than 660 hours of service through the Club’s leadership group Keystone, co-founding an anti-bullying campaign #owntheirwords (Instagram), and raising funds to support local charities.

“Keystone has played the biggest role in my life…The people inside of this program have given me a safe environment to share my life experiences. Keystone has given me so many opportunities…I can say with so much pride that Keystone has been the highlight of my life.” Yana shared in a speech given during last week’s event.

“Keystone is one of our signature programs”, said Kathy Haggart, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue. “It empowers Teens to make a difference in their local community; we are so pleased Yana was selected. Yana has grown up in our Clubs and we are so proud of her community engagement.”

“Credit Unions were founded on the principle of people helping people, and Qualstar is proud to put that tradition into practice by awarding our Cooperative Spirit Scholarship to a deserving club kid each year. Yana truly demonstrates what it means to give back to others unconditionally, and we know she will continue to make an impact in her community with her future accomplishments,” added Mark Nelson, CEO of Qualstar Credit Union

Yana is a senior at Sammamish High School. She represented Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue at the State Youth of the Year Competition. The Qualstar Cooperative Spirit Award will support Yana’s post-secondary plan to enroll in Bellevue College where she will pursue a degree in Clinical Social work with a primary focus on working with youth.

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Life

Local musicians hold virtual benefit concert for mental health

The stream-a-thon supports NAMI Eastside and nonprofit Hold Your Crown

Medic One Foundation’s Gratitude Meals offer support to first responders, local businesses

The initiative provides hearty lunches to first responders staffing the COVID-19 testing sites as they work to test their colleagues.

UW students create Spira app to gather COVID-19 data

The app was created to screen for respiratory diseases but the teen creators shifted their focus once the COVID-19 outbreak began.

‘Don’t assume it can’t happen to you’

Federal Way resident Evelyn Allcorn shares story of her husband’s battle with COVID-19 after he tested positive on March 28.

Meet The Bored Baker of Bellevue

Youth keeps busy with blog during down time from school closures.

Savannah Lynn and Will Chadek in the Second Story Repertory of Redmond’s production of “The Fantasticks.” “The Fantasticks” had been performed three times by the organization until coronavirus concerns resulted in the cancellation of the remaining dates. Photo by Michael Brunk
How is the coronavirus affecting the arts?

Representatives from Eastside arts institutions discuss their experiences.

Bellevue School District (BSD) staffer Lori Schrader Hanson assisting food-service efforts Monday, March 16. Photo courtesy BSD
Bellevue students receiving community support

Many local organizations have reached out to the Bellevue School District to see what they can do.

Photo courtesy city of Bellevue
                                A recent Well-K.E.P.T. crew. Groups of 10 interns between 14 and 18 years old are typically supported by two supervisors.
Bellevue Parks discusses Well-K.E.P.T. program’s accomplishments

The youth-centric environmental program has been running in Bellevue since 1987.

KCLS: Much to celebrate from 2019 and in the year ahead

A column from the King County Library System.

Neighborhood Enhancement Program comes to Crossroads

A “kickoff” meeting was held on Jan. 22.

Centro Cultural Mexicano exhibit opens doors to discussions on immigration, border issues

“Border Doors” features art by students who have visited the United States-Mexico border.