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Boys and Girls Clubs of America Host Annual Southeast Youth of the Year Celebration to Honor Extraordinary Teens for Their Achievements

16 teen finalists from across the region will vie for the “Southeast Youth of the Year” and “Southeast Military Youth of the Year” titles, along with a $20,000 scholarship. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of America invites local guests to celebrate remarkable teen candidates in competition for the Southeast Youth of the Year and Southeast Military Youth of the Year titles at the Georgia Aquarium on Wednesday, June 15.  

The event will begin with a reception, at 6 P.M., followed by dinner and the awards program at 7 P.M.

For 75 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has recognized young people in its Youth of the Year premiere youth leadership program, honoring extraordinary young people in their achievements in leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle.  

 Emceed by five-time Emmy winning host of Entertainment Tonight, Nischelle Turner, the evening will kick off with a general reception, followed by dinner and celebration. Throughout the night guests can enjoy: a performance by teen performer, Mikquala of Cleveland Park Boys & Girls Clubs; empowering and memorable speeches from four remarkable teen representatives who will share their own personal Club experiences and vision for young people across the nation; two scholarship check presentations to YOY and Military YOY winners (to be awarded during the evening); interview opportunities with Jim Clark, president & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America; interview opportunities with Southeast Youth of the Year candidates and Club advisors. 

 To learn more or to register, please visit Boys & Girls Club anticipates a sold-out event, so please register to confirm your attendance as soon as possible.   

Toyota and Kohl’s are the Signature Sponsors of Youth of the Year, sharing a dedication to America’s youth.  Toyota is committed to partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to ensure local Clubs provide life-enhancing opportunities for kids and teens to explore, develop and apply the essential skills they need to be successful in life and work; and Kohl’s is committed to partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to ensure local Clubs provide staff training and curriculum updates focused on trauma-informed care, building practices kids and teens will need to build great futures. 

 As the Lead Sponsor of Youth of the Year, Mondelēz International, will engage with local Clubs year-round to help foster a new generation of leaders prepared to live in and lead a diverse global economy.  

 Southeast Youth of the Year is also made possible through the support of Coca-Cola North America as the 75th Anniversary Platinum Sponsor. 

For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has provided a safe place for kids and teens to learn and grow. Clubs offer caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Clubs programming promotes academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. More than 4,700 Clubs serve over 4.3 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Facebookand Twitter. 


Last updated on June 18, 2022

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