Our character and leadership programs empower members to positively influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, and develop self-esteem. Members can plan and implement their own activities and community service projects, learn about decision making and democratic processes, and contribute to both their Club and community.
Youth of the Year
Youth of the Year is the Club’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.
The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to the state, regional, and national levels. To achieve the title of Youth of the Year on any level, Club members must embody the values of leadership and service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles. They should exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.