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Youth of the Year

Youth of the Year

For more than 70 years, the Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the nation’s most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teens. These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.

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 our nation’s young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof of 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.


Anaya B.

Boulder Highway Clubhouse​

Age: 15​

Favorite Programs: Keystone Club, Smart Moves, Smart Girls & Money Matters

Dream Job: Choir Instructor

DeMelle C.

John C. Kish Clubhouse​

Age: 17​

Favorite Programs: Lyricism 101, Money Matters, Career Launch, & Club Sports Leagues​

Dream Job: Marketing & Entrepreneur​

Gizelle E.

Lied Memorial Clubhouse​

Age: 18​

Favorite Program: Keystone Club​

Dream Job: Kinesiologist

Jaiden F.

Andre Agassi Clubhouse​

Age: 17​

Favorite Programs: Keystone Club, Torch Club, My Future, & President Circle​​

Dream Job: Paleontologist​

Nyezir B.

Mary & Sam Boyd Clubhouse​

Age: 16​

Favorite Programs: Keystone Club, Money Matters, Torch Club, & Triple Play​​

Dream Job: Linguist​​

Elisa S.

Donald W. Reynolds Clubhouse​

Age: 16​

Favorite Programs: Leader-In-Training, Keystone Club, Money Matters & UPS Road Code​

Dream Job: Army Ranger

Junior Youth of the Year

Distinct from the National Youth of the Year program, Junior Youth of the Year seeks to develop junior leaders ages 10-13 within the Club environment. The program fosters Club members’ emerging leadership abilities while preparing them for later participation in the Youth of the Year program. In addition to recognizing the leadership achievements of Club youth, Junior Youth of the Year also cultivates their leadership potential, providing the foundation they need for advanced leadership development, academic excellence and postsecondary success. Through this program, Club youth become motivated to seek opportunities for leadership and to act as responsible citizens and change agents.