Congrats Cindy and Jaylon

Cindy is the 2024-2025 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley’s Junior Youth of the Year winner and Jaylon is the 2024-2025 runner-up!

Thank you to the four incredible young people who courageously took to the stage and shared their stories, challenges, and aspirations. We are so proud of this year’s finalists, Jaylon, Cindy, Preston, Mikayla, and Ma’Rayah, as well as the rest of the candidates, Isabella, Makah, Mia, Katherine, Braya, Scarlett, Nate, and Emeline, for using their voices and for being part of the Junior Youth of the Year program. We are also tremendously thankful to all their friends, family, mentors, Club staff, and the Club members who shared their talents with us!

A special thanks you to this year's sponsors

Check out some photos from the event!

What is Junior Youth of the Year?

Junior Youth of the Year is a Leadership Readiness Program for young people ages 10-14, served through Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley. Through the Junior Youth of the Year, young people develop foundational leadership knowledge and skills to build confidence and overcome challenges. It is a chance for these amazing young people to reflect and clarify their personal values, vision, purpose, and passion. Youth can showcase their talents and achievements, share their hopes and dreams, and work toward their bright and positive future.

Junior Youth of the Year involves submitting a formal application and creating an “All About Me Portfolio.” This year’s finalists also write and deliver a speech, which they’ll share at the event.