About Youth of the Year
 
For over 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.

Youth of the Year candidates compete at the local Club level and State level before attending the Regional Celebration. 
The representative from the Northeast Region will go on to compete at the National Youth of the Year Celebration in Washington, D.C.  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 Boys & Girls Club’s 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.

Becoming National Youth of the Year is an exciting and inspiring journey. 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.