Established 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 a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth, and leadership qualities.
Local Clubs recognize members age 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 $1,000 scholarship and compete on the regional level and then onto 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.
The Youth of the Year program is a merit program that develops our youth and helps them reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.