Youth of the Year
Established nationally in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA's premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people's character, personal growth and leadership qualities.
After a competition, each U.S. State Youth of The Year winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions.
Five regional winners will each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level.
National Youth of the Year
Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports.
Becoming National Youth of the Year is an exciting and inspiring journey. Each year, thousands of Club teens participate in local, state and regional Youth of the Year events. Six teens, including five regional winners and a national military youth winner, advance to Washington, D.C., for the National Youth of the Year Gala & Celebration Dinner, where one outstanding young person is named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national teen spokesperson. The National Youth of the Year is a role model, leader and advocate for the nearly 4 million youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs each year, and all of America’s young people.
2019 YOUTH OF THE YEAR
(L to R) David Sellers, Executive Director; Dawn Proia, Administrative Assistant; 2018-2019 "Youth of the Year" club member Newton resident Jezebel Perez; and Mike Finnegan, Director of Operations
PAST YOUTH OF THE YEARS
2017 Olivia Tocci
2016 Caleb Butler
2015 Ashley Proia
2014 Christopher Proia
2013 Jordan Kithcart
2012 Taylor Arcuri
2011 Vanessa Battista
2010 Christina Caira