More About Youth of the Year
Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.
The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to the state, regional, and national levels. To achieve the title of Youth of the Year on any level, Club members must embody the values of leadership and service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They should exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members.
The Boys & Girls Club of Alton has been blessed with thousands of outstanding young people since our opening in 1947, including these Members that were recognized as our Alton Youth of the Year, State of Illinois Youth of the Year, and competed in the Regional competition:
Garrett Parker, 2012
Qu’ran Clanton, 2010
Reyniesha Sharp, 2007
Reyniesha Sharp, 2006