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Youth of the Year – Event Update

We have made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person Youth of the Year event that was scheduled for Tuesday, January 11, 2022. We have decided to cancel the event following the most recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the Fox Valley.

We regret the need to cancel this year’s event and apologize for the inconvenience this may cause our candidates, their families, friends, and Club supporters.

A private judging process will still take place and a winner will be selected on Monday, January 10. Check out the Club’s Facebook page to find out who this year’s Youth of the Year winner will be!

We are currently working on plans to host a special event celebrating our Youth of the Year winner and candidates at a later date and will provide an update once those details are determined.

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

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 2020/2021 Youth of the Year Winner

Nevaeh Berry was announced as Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley’s 2020-2021 Youth of the Year winner. Nevaeh is determined to break the mold of what statistics say she is destined to be. Nevaeh has been attending the Club for the past nine years and shares that “Because of the Club, I’m on track to achieving my goals and most importantly I’m reminded every day that my life matters.”

In her speech at the event, Nevaeh spoke openly about her challenges and experiences with racism and that she is tired of being quiet about what matters, and that having the fear of doing everyday things because of the color of her skin, has become her reality. “In these moments of uncertainty, I turn to the Boys & Girls Club. The Club and the staff have always been my safe haven.”

Nevaeh actively takes part in the Club’s STAR initiative and shares that her STAR Coordinator Miss. Dennetra has been a strong force in her success. She was previously awarded runner-up for the 2019-2020 Youth of the Year.

Nevaeh's 2020-2021 Youth of the Year Speech