Wednesday - March 29, 2017 - 5:30pm - Tekoa Country Club
We honored our 2017 Youth of the Year nominees at our annual awards dinner. The 2017 fine arts exhibit was on display for viewing and members of our Dance Company performed. A number of pieces from the art exhibit were up for silent auction, this year we raised over $1,000 in support of art programming at the Club!
Thank you to our major sponsor, Dunkin Donuts of Westfield!
The fine and performing arts showcase has been made possible by support from the Westfield Cultural Council, Peoples Bank and the Charles H. Hall Foundation.
History of the Youth of the Year Program
Since the early 1970's, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield has run a national youth recognition initiative that promotes good moral character, leadership and service qualities in today's youth. The Youth of the Year program is a national youth recognition program that celebrates the Boys & Girls Club experience.
It is a year-round program for youth ages 14 to 18 that promotes and celebrates members' service to the Club; community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; poise and public speaking abilities. It is the cornerstone of the organization's Character & Leadership Development core program area, helping young people focus on personal development attributes needed to successfully transcend into adulthood.
Candidates are chosen from a pool of youth who received recognition throughout the year. Youth of the Year nominees are paired with a Club mentor who guides them through the entire application process. The candidates have to write essays, collect support letters and be interviewed by a panel of local community leaders. Each candidate then prepares a short speech to deliver at the annual Youth of the Year dinner in front of upwards of 200 guests.
The winner will go on to compete at the State level. If the youth wins, they have the opportunity to expand their personal growth by competing at the regional and national level. It is an experience of a lifetime for individuals who are awarded because they are able to proudly represent their own Club aside other Clubs around the country.
Past Youth of the Years
Jocelyn Erickson - 2011
Amber Pettell - 2010
Charles DeLaRosa - 2009
Darryll Roberts - 2008
Craig Owen - 2007