Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America premier youth recognition program for Club members. All members can benefit from participation in this program, which promotes and celebrates service to the Club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Local Clubs recognize members ages 14-18 who were Youths of the Month and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in State competition. State winners, who each receive $1,000 scholarships, participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive an engraved plaque and a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.
2014 Youth of the Year
“Miliya Stewart is a young woman ready to take on the world, and she gained that confidence from spending 11 years at the Illinois Valley Boys & Girls Club. Miliya will be representing her home town of Cave Junction and the entire Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley at this years State Youth of the Year competition in Salem, Or. Miliya could not be any more excited to show how her involvement in Torch Club, Keystone, Jr. Staff, Smart Girls and her years of volunteering at the Club have shaped and molded her into who she is today. Miliya feels so strong about the Club that she is planning on pursuing a career in Youth Development from Pacific University this next fall. There is no question that Miliya’s strong work ethic and determination will take her as far as she chooses to go.” – Scott Thornhill (Illinois Valley Program Director)
2012 Youth of the Year
“Cameron Caskey is a remarkable young man that has chosen to abandon a path influenced by poor decisions. His representation of the Boys & Girls Club is highlighted by his persistent efforts to better his life by making good daily choices. The Club has benefited from his improvements through weekly volunteer work and a positive influence he has on the younger children. There is no doubt Cameron’s life of hard work and excellence will continue beyond his years at the Boys & Girls Club.” – Tim Sorensen (Grants Pass Teen Coordinator)
2011 Youth of the Year
“I have always enjoyed Brittany’s company, but throughout this Youth of the Year process, I have had the privilege to get to know this hard-working young woman even more. She is an excellent, upstanding citizen, and a truly loving person. I know she will not only represent the Grants Pass Boys & Girls Club admirably, but that she can go on to represent the National Boys & Girls Club with maturity and heart.” – Fred Reyes (Grants Pass Program Director)