Our 2019 Youth of the Year Competition is Right Around the Corner!

What: Boys & Girls Club of Lake County is hosting its Youth of the Year competition and celebration. In 2017, this was the event that kicked off former Club member Jamel Adams’ run to win the Illinois Youth of the Year competition, where 25 Illinois Clubs participated. Jamel went on to represent over 63,000 Club members across Illinois at the Midwest Regional Youth of the Year competition.

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Where: Rosalind Franklin University, 3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60064

If you are interested in attending this year’s competition, please email Sarah Funk at sfunk@bgclc.com.

2019 Youth of the Year Contestants

It will be a tough competition between these five who have been diligently preparing!

Youth of the Year Mentors

This year, each Youth of the Year contestant was paired with a mentor to help them prepare for the competition. Mentors are local business professionals and community members who are volunteering their time to assist with brainstorming, essay and speech writing, presentation skills and serve as a general life mentor for our candidates. Thank you mentors for your dedication to preparing these teens for Great Futures!

About Youth of the Year

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. The program celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments. Honorees are recognized for service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to their family. Whether or not a Club member actually goes on to become Youth of the Year, the time and effort invested in the development of each individual helps these young people become all they are capable of being. That is what makes the Youth of the Year program an effective year-round development program for all members. To become a sponsor of this event or events like this please reach out to Cesilie Price at cprice@bgclc.com for more information!

If you are interested in attending this year’s competition, please email Sarah Funk at sfunk@bgclc.com.