Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Youth of the Year participants embody the values of leadership, service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles.

Candidates for Youth of the Year begin preparing for their interview and presentation in August. Four finalists competed January 29, 2018 for the honor of Youth of the Year and Junior Youth of the Year.

Autumn, a sophomore, was awarded Youth of the Year because of her excellent GPA, extensive community involvement and being a strong role model for other members in the Club. The panel of five judges also found her essays well formatted.

Awa, a seventh grader, was selected Junior Youth of the Year because the judges were thoroughly impressed with her inspiring message and thoughtful answers to questions. Awa also was the only candidate to memorize her speech.

This April, Autumn will represent Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County in Jefferson City, Missouri at the statewide Youth of the Year competition. In addition to this opportunity, Autumn will tour the state legislature and participate in special Boys & Girls Clubs of America learning sessions.

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County would like to congratulate all participants for their hard work and commitment and special thanks to this year’s judges: Mary Cobillas (Toyota Financial Services Representative), Toni Josato, Sean Springer, Ashley Hannegan, and Martha Mazzolla.

Toyota Financial Services sponsors the local Youth of the Year competition.