Youth of the Year

About This Award

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Club’s premier recognition program for Club members. Youth of the Year is awarded for promoting service to Club, community and family; succeeding academically; exhibiting strong moral character; and demonstrating poise and public speaking ability.

Each year, current Club members ages 14 to 18 apply to the program with hopes of becoming the Youth of the Year for their Club, their region, their state and maybe even win the national competition.

The Boys and Girls Club of Lorain County began its Youth of the Year award in 2004. It honors members who overcome adversity to excel academically, demonstrate character and leadership and serve the club and community well.

State winners receive a $1,000 scholarship. Regional winners receive a $10,000 scholarship and the national winner receives a scholarship up to $50,000.

2017 Youth of the Year:
Ryan Williams, Jr.
2016 Youth of the Year: Rosetta Sheppard
2014 Youth of the Year
2015 Youth of the Year: Erica Lyles
Youth of the Year Overview Video