For more than 25 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has partnered with the U.S. Armed Services to help children of military families face the unique challenges of military life.
This enduring partnership provides children of military personnel with critical youth development programs and activities, giving families the vital support they need. There are 458,000 military-connected youth through 484 BGCA-affiliated youth centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. In civilian communities, 27,000 military-centered youth are served annually by 1,437 Boys & Girls Clubs.
Together, we have impacted the lives of millions of young people through high-quality programs designed to positively influence their overall well-being, resiliency, and academic success.
We offer a safe and familiar environment to military-connected youth who frequently relocate. From rural areas, schools and inner-cities to military installations and Native lands, a Boys & Girls Club or BGCA-affiliated Youth Center is located in all 50 states and in 16 countries around the world. No matter where you find yourself, a Boys & Girls Club is often available to enrich your young person’s life.
What is Youth of the Year?
Established in 1947, the year-round Youth of the Year program is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program. Young people, ages 14 to 18, are recognized for their commitment and contributions to their communities, school, family, and Club. The Military Youth of the Year honor is a distinct component of the National Youth of the Year program. It recognizes a Club member served on a U.S. military installation who has overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character, leadership and accomplishments. To earn this honor, Club youth advance through local, state and regional competitions. After the Military Youth of the Year is named at the culminating ceremony in Washington, D.C. in September, he or she advances to join the five regional Youth of the Year finalists from non-military Clubs to compete for the National Youth of the Year title.
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.
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.
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Regional Development Officer, Pacific