HISTORY OF THE YOUTH OF THE YEAR PROGRAM
The Youth of the Year Program owes its rich history to dedicated staff and volunteers who mentor Club youth and help them reach their full potential.Since 1947, the National Youth of the Year program has served as the primary vehicle for showcasing the exemplary achievements of Club youth.
Since its inception, the Youth of the Year Program has afforded hundreds of outstanding Club members an opportunity to meet American Presidents such as Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and William J. Clinton.In addition, each year’s five regional finalists are honored at a Congressional Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
Previous National Youth of the Year winners appear before Congressional committees to speak on teen issues, participate in Presidential Town Hall meetings, work as Congressional Pages, appear on television and news programs, and serve as ambassadors to other youth organizations.In addition to these prestigious duties, current and past National Youth of the Year winners continue to play active roles in their local Boys & Girls Clubs and communities.
Through the Youth of the Year Program, Club youth showcase their talents and achievements, share their hopes and dreams and work toward a bright and positive future.