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Youth of the Year

Character and Leadership

  • Youth of the Year
    Youth of the Year

    Each year The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest New Jersey selects a Youth of the Year. In 2017, the Youth of the Year is Kayla Martello of Wayne (photo below). She went on to place in the top four within New Jersey. Kayla represents how strong of an impact BGCNWNJ had on her life.

    The National Youth of the Year Program is designed to promote and recognize service to Club, community, and academic performance. Competition begins with each Club selecting a Youth of the Year who then enters the state competition. State winners receive a plaque and college scholarship support. The state winner then enters the regional competition. Each of the five regional winners receives a $10,000 scholarship and enters the national competition held in Washington, DC. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional scholarship, and is installed by the President of the United States.