YOUTH OF THE YEAR

For nearly 70 years, the Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the nation’s most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teens. These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.

Every year the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs holds its annual Youth of the Year Event.  We honor the 20 finalist in Los Angeles County and select two winners to move on to regional finals in hopes of becoming the National Youth of the Year.

To get involved in our production, sponsor, support, or scholarship programs, please email us at YOY@GreatFuturesLA.org

2018 YOUTH OF THE YEAR WINNERS

Thomas Macedo and Tracy Jimenez

The Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs “Youth of the Year” signature event is

March 15, 2018, at The NOVO @LA Live.

A SPONSOR MESSAGE

AEG;s
ERIKK ALDRIDGE

NOTES FROM A SCORECARD – With AEG’s
Erikk Aldridge

Erikk was the CEO at the Venice Club for 7 years and a longtime supporter of clubs dating back to his days with the Lakers and Dodgers.

Q – Erikk you worked at the Venice Club for a long time and are now on the other side – the Alliance Clubs are fortunate to have you on our side at AEG –what things excite you the most about supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs?
EA – The best part of being an advocate for clubs is knowing first hand that supporting our youth is fulfilling beyond measure. When I run into a club alum now playing college football or working as an attorney or helping to manage a restaurant, you know that you had a direct impact on making their life path a successful one.

Q – You have appeared on Teen Summit panels and moderated them – what value do you think the Teen Summit (which AEG has supported over the years) brings to the Club members?
EA – Teen Summit is a great opportunity for teens to start envisioning what their lives may become from a career standpoint.  For me, it is about being authentic and making a connection with the teens which allows them to be comfortable in answering questions and taking selfies with you.

Q – Tell us why AEG gets behind our programs like Teen Summit and Youth of the Year?  You also have brought joy to the Clubs with your December ice skating event and your BET experience which many of our youth benefited.
EA – AEG is committed to developing club members through a variety of AEG organized programs such as the BET Experience Youth program and job shadowing, and by sponsoring events such as Youth of the Year and Teen Summit. Our desire is to use our companies talented employee base and creative workplace environment to provide access and inspire young people

An Invitation
Mary Hewitt

The requirements to be a “Youth of the Year” is focused on Academic Achievement, Community Service, Character, fitness and sports, providing a well-rounded exceptional candidate for higher education. We have 22 outstanding nominees.

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2017 YOUTH OF THE YEAR

BIG APPRECIATION TO OUR WONDERFUL SUPPORTERS

BGCA’s Premier Recognition Program for Club Members

The 2017 Youth of the Year Event was held April 5, 2017 at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.

The LA County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs “Youth of the Year” signature event on April 5, 2017, at El Capitan Theatre. The requirements to be a “Youth of the Year” is focused on Academic Achievement, Community Service, Character, fitness and sports, providing a well-rounded exceptional candidate for your schools. We will have 23 outstanding nominees.

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Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Club members who earn the youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.

Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month Winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions. Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year competition for a chance at an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable up to $100,000 for four years. The National Youth of the Year represents all Boys & Girls Club youth.

 

2016 YOUTH OF THE YEAR – RECAP

BIG THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS

  • Disney

  • Pacific Youth Foundation

  • Bank of America

  • ABC7

  • Ralphs/Food 4 Less

  • Nestle

  • Time Warner Cable

  • El Capitan Theatre

  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

  • AEG

2016 YOUTH OF THE YEAR – March 23, 2016 – El Capitan Theater PHOTOS