What is Youth of the Year?

Youth of the Year is a Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley premier recognition event that celebrates the extraordinary achievements of youth served by the Club, age 14-18. The process involves a written application with essays, an interview with the Youth of the Year judges the evening before the event, and the delivery of their speech at Youth of the Year.

Candidates for Youth of the Year are selected based on their values of leadership, service, academic performance, and healthy lifestyles. In their speeches, candidates share their stories, vision for America’s youth, and how their Club Experience empowers them to find their voice and achieve success through mentorship and guidance with caring adults.

Winners of state and then regional Youth of the Year competitions advance to the National Youth of the Year competition. The National Youth of the Year represents all Boys & Girls Club youth.

View the 2020-2021 virtual Youth of the Year event!

For questions or sponsorship information, please contact Debbie Hass at (920) 750-5810 or dhass@bgclubfoxvalley.org

Learn About the 2021/2022 Youth of the Year Winner

The 2021-2022 Youth of the Year winner is Bradon Wiggins! This Appleton North senior, STAR Scholar, tutor, brain tumor survivor, and aspiring aerospace engineer shares that “The only way to know what tomorrow will hold is to be there for tomorrow and to fight for it.”

Ever since he was a child, Bradon has been passionate about aviation.  In his Youth of the Year speech, Bradon speaks candidly about his dreams, struggles, and the opportunities he’s seized along the way. He shares how he was crushed that his dream of becoming a pilot was grounded due to a brain tumor and how his new dream is on track to take flight.

For the past three years, the Club’s STAR initiative and Bradon’s STAR Advisor have been giving him chances to thrive and continue pursuing his dreams. His involvement in STAR not only provided him with support but gave him an opportunity to help those around him.   Click here to learn more about Bradon!