Youth of the Year

Youth of the Year
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

6:30pm. Dinner served.
Our Youth of the Year Program will be presented during Dinner,
with an Award Ceremony to follow. Location TBA

To secure your reservation use the registration form from the menu on the right or

RSVP to Ian Faley at
360-419-3723 x7 or email ifaley@skagitclubs.org.
Seating is limited.
There is no charge to attend the event.

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking. 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 go through a development and selection process of member’s ages 14 to 18 during the summer and fall, with each Club ultimately putting forward a Youth of the Year candidate to the Organizational event in early winter. One candidate is selected to represent all of Skagit County at the State event, typically held in March. At the state level, participants receive small scholarships, with the winner receiving more than $3,500 and the ability to participate at the Regional event during the summer. Through each level, youth gain additional public speaking and interview skills, and often emerge a completely changed young person, able to confront any obstacles in their way with panache.

Being named Youth of the Year at any level is the highest honor a Club member can earn, and with it comes great responsibility, but also significant opportunities to network with civic and corporate leaders, grow as an individual, create relationships with other peer leaders at Clubs throughout the County and State, and have an experience that is referred to time and again as ‘once in a lifetime’.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County are poised to transition from a passive Youth of the Year program to a very active one. To do this, an investment is needed, not only to provide additional incentives for participation, but to underwrite the expenses associated with the proper development. Because of the one-on-one nature of this process, it is often the most expensive work the Club does. However, the return on investment has shown to be consistently significant, and we wish to join the ranks of organizations throughout the State of Washington who are realizing the difference that participation has in the life of our teens.

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