The Youth of the Year Program
Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. It is the signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared an equipped to live and lead in a diverse global economy. Each year, one exceptional young person from Boys & Girls Clubs earns the role of Youth of the Year title becoming an exemplary voice for fellow Club members. These young people not only speak for Club youth but also represent what is best in our country’s young people.
Youth of the Year participants embody the values of leadership, service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles; they exemplify the critical impact Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor bestowed upon Club members. Through the Youth of the Year program, young people showcase their talents and achievement, share their hopes and dreams and work toward a bright and positive future. Youth of the Year honorees at any level – local, county, state, regional and national are shining examples and living proof that GREAT FUTURES START HERE at Boys & Girls Clubs.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove has 56 after school Club locations and they will each pick one member to represent them as their Youth of the Year. Each Youth of the Year representative will compete through a series of interviews, videos, and speeches to become one of the finalists in our Elementary, Junior High and High School categories.
The finalists will be recognized at an Awards Dinner in the Spring. Members will give their award winning speech, and the winner of Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove’s Youth of the Year will be announced. We hope that you will consider becoming a sponsor of Youth of the Year and host a finalist and their family in 2024. More importantly, a portion of your event sponsorship goes to the Lt. John Reynolds Youth of the Year Scholarship Fund. For more information or to confirm you sponsorship, please contact our Vice President of Program Impact, Heather White at email@example.com or 714-530-0430 ext. 1950.