2018 Youth of the Year Selection Event

Sponsored by McDonalds

Join us and hear the inspiring stories from our six finalists –

Lau’Nell S. – Wagner Unit

KeiMonie M. – Hawthorne Unit

Vanesa R. – Independence Unit

Xavier C. – Wyandotte County Unit

Dariauna J. – Thornberry Unit

Courtney T. – Olathe Unit

as they compete to become the 2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Youth of the Year. This title recognizes one outstanding teen for his/her contribution to family, school, community and the Clubs.

WHEN: Thursday, February 8, 2018 5:30 PM – Reception
6:00 – 7:30 PM – Program

WHERE: Burns & McDonnell Auditorium 9400 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114

RSVP by February 5 to Alicia Berry at aberry@helpkckids.org or 816-462-0129

Click HERE to learn more about each of our finalists.

About The Program
The Youth of the Year Program is a leadership development program that celebrates the remarkable lives of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City members who have distinguished themselves by rising above challenging circumstances. Six finalists are chosen from their unit locations based on moral character, community involvement, academic achievements, and obstacles that they have overcome. During the selection event program, each youth will tell their stories to Club friends and supporters. One teen finalist will be selected as the winner. The newly named Youth of the Year will next compete against other Boys & Girls Clubs members across Missouri for the state title. State winners move on to vie for the distinction of one of five regional winners across the country, and ultimately those five winners will contend for the title, National Youth of the Year. The judging criterion for each event consists of public speaking, one on one interview, service to Club and community and academic achievement.

Program History & Prestige
The Youth of the Year program was founded more than 60 years ago through the generosity of the Reader’s Digest Foundation. Since 1947, the National Youth of the Year program has served as the primary vehicle for showcasing the exemplary achievements of Club youth. The Youth of the Year program has afforded hundreds of outstanding Club members an opportunity to meet presidents like Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. In addition, each year’s five regional finalists are honored at a congressional breakfast in Washington D. C. As the voice for some 4 million children and youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs, the National Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year winners appear before congressional committees to speak on teen issues, participate in town hall meetings, appear on television and news programs and serve as ambassadors for other youth organizations. In addition to these prestigious duties, former Youth of the Year continue to play active roles in their local Boys & Girls Clubs communities. Previous winners have excelled in every aspect of the private sector, serving as doctors, lawyers, news reporters, Peace Corps volunteers, politicians and civic leaders in their communities.