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Established nationally in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA'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. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people's character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

After a competition, each U.S. State Youth of The Year winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners will each 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 installed by the President of the United States.


2015 Ashley Proia

Ashley comes from a relatively large family. She lives at home with her mother, father, three brothers ages 21, 9, and 6. Everyone in her family is involved with the Newton Boys & Girls Club in some way.

2014 Christopher Proia
2013 Jordan Kithcart
2012 Taylor Arcuri
2011 Vanessa Battista
2010 Christina Caira