The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is proud to announce the 2019 Youth of the Year and Junior Youth of the Year recipients. Ashleigh Bick-Dawes was named our 2019 Youth of the Year and Mariah Diallo is our Junior Youth of the Year. Both young ladies demonstrate leadership, strong character, and academic achievements and they will represent the club well at the state competition in April.

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional young person from a Boys & Girls Club rises to the role of National Youth of the Year. The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to state, regional and national levels, with an additional military phase for members of BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations.

“We are so proud of this year’s Youth of the Year representatives as each displays exceptional skills both inside the Club and out,” says Linda Sanchez, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County.

Ashley 2019 Youth of the Year BGCSTCOur 2019 Youth of the Year, Ashleigh Bick-Dawes, demonstrates leadership skills through her commitment to serving others. She is academically gifted, taking numerous Advanced Placement classes at Francis Howell Central. In addition, Ashley balances her schoolwork, Club activities, a part-time job, and involvement in the National Honors Society and Quiz Bowl. Ashley supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County through membership, active engagement in a leadership role for the robotics teams, and assistance at numerous events throughout the year.

Maria Diallo 2019 Jr. Youth of the Year BGCSTC.orgMariah Diallo, our 2019 Junior Youth of the Year, has been an active club member for four years and continues to grow in her leadership and willingness to help others. A founding member of the Book Club, Mariah organizes meetings and activities for other members. In addition, she frequently helps in our Learning Center providing support for other club members in math and reading. Mariah is involved in her school as a student council member and in the circle of friends.

Both young ladies will compete at the state level in April 2019 in Jefferson City, Missouri. For more information on the Youth of Year nomination and selection process visit Youth of the Year program page.

For over 60 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have been providing a world-class Club Experience to youth ages 6-18 years in St. Charles County. Youth Programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County provide a safe and welcoming environment for children and teens to enrich their lives. Each program is designed to encourage Club Members to realize a wide variety of positive outcomes in life. The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Learn more at