Youth of the Year
Held in January, Youth of the Year is a national program designed to promote and recognize service to the Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. To be named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Club member can have.
Competition begins with each Club site nominating a Youth of the Year in three age categories – Elementary, Junior and Teen – who all receive a certificate and medallion. The program culminates at a special Youth of the Year event, during which each nominee reads an original essay about what Boys & Girls Club means to them and are judged by a panel of local judges. While Elementary and Junior categories are honored, only the Teen winner goes on to compete at the state level. The local Teen winner also receives a $1,000 scholarship, thanks to the generosity of State Fair Community College and Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri.
The State Youth of the Year competition is held in late spring in Jefferson City. The state winner then competes at the regional level and regional winners compete at the national level.
Youth of the Year was held January 19, 2017 on the campus of State Fair Community College. YOY 2017 winners were Jacob Rogers, Arianna Ewert and Olivia Harrison.