2024 Youth of the Year

Our 2024 Youth of the Year featured ten teens from both our Nichols and Bolch Clubs competing for the Youth of the Year Academic Scholarship. These candidates engaged in public speaking activities and interviews in front of distinguished judges, with three finalists named. The 2024 Youth of the Year is Sarah from our Bolch Club, which was announced at our Youth of the Year gala on March 1. The event raised $435,000 to support Boys & Girls Club.

Congratulations to our 2024 Youth of the Year, Sarah L. from our Bolch Club!

Sarah will now compete alongside other Youth of the Year winners from around the state and region for a $10,000 scholarship and a chance to compete on the national level for an additional $50,000 scholarship.

2024 Nominees

All ten of our 2024 Youth of the Year nominees worked tirelessly over the past year. We are so proud of the aspiring leaders they are becoming and the great futures that they are working towards. Watch the video above to meet them and hear their stories of inspiration.

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History of Youth of the Year

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.