Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Our program is implemented year-round to foster the highest development of young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

For years, our Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the Club’s most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Each year, stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and overcoming obstacles have made Youth of the Year the premier leadership and recognition program for Collier County teens. These amazing young people represent the voice of hope for our community. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County Youth of the Year winner receives scholarship funding and moves on to participate in a state competition. State winners receive additional scholarships and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is able to meet the President of the United States.

2023 Youth of the Year program candidates