Youth of the Year

BGCA's premier recognition program for Club members

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition for Club members who:

  • Promote service to the Club, community and family
  • Exemplify academic success, strong moral character and life goals
  • Show 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

Local Clubs recognize members ages 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 participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners 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.