Youth of the Year
Youth of the Year is our signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy. In the 21st-century world and workplace, leadership skills such as communication, goal-setting and teamwork are essential for everyone - especially young people preparing to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood. With a grassroots beginning in 1947, Youth of the Year has evolved into a comprehensive leadership development program, which includes Youth of the Month – Leadership Recognition Program; Junior Youth of the Year – Leadership Readiness Program; and Youth of the Year – Leadership Development Program.
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 proving 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.
Please join us in celebrating the selection of the Los Angeles Harbor Youth of the year for 2018. Our 2018 Youth of the Year event will take place at Quinstar Technology, Inc., 3425 Lomita Blvd in Torrance on December 6, 2017. Our celebration begins at 6PM and continues until 8PM. Complimentary appetizers and refreshments courtesy of Quinstar.
We welcome you to support our most accomplished Club member all the way to the White House!
Admission is free. Space is limited. Please let us know that you would like to attend by contacting Christina Choy at 310-833-1322 ext. 288, email firstname.lastname@example.org or RSVP electronically by clicking the button below.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor Youth of the Year Finalists
Madeline is Keystone President, Junior Class President, an honor roll student with a 4.33 GPA, a member of our Leaders in Training Program, Girl Talk, and College Bound and maintains a substance-free lifestyle. Growing up in a family of drug addicts, Maddie has overcome many obstacles and is determined to not follow in the footsteps of her father and brother. Despite these challenges, Maddie is in the top 2% of her junior class and dreams of attending Harvard University to become a neurosurgeon.
"It only takes one voice to make a change, and I plan to use mine to help end teen substtance abuse.”
Alondra is an AP/honor student, a varsity soccer player, and a member of CAMS Link Crew, Youth Leadership Council, HEAR Club, Mecha, College Bound and Keystone. Despite her family’s financial struggles, Alondra continues to excel in school and her community. She plans to be the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college. Her dream is to attend UC Berkeley and become an Environmental Engineer.
"I want to give teens a voice to express the way they feel about certain situations, make them feel more secure, and find them the resources that would help them turn their plans into actions.”
Leonardo is an AP/ honors student, a Cross Country athlete, an intern for the 15th District LA City Council, and a member of Keystone and College Bound. Leo has pushed through financial and cultural barriers his entire life. Despite his struggles, he continues to persevere and has become an active member of his school, Club and community. He dreams of attending Stanford and to have a career in politics.
"Everyday I face fears that can hold me back from trying my hardest. Which enables me to become a living example that with enough determination, anyone can overcome obstacles and succeed.”