Congratulations Noah & Annika!

Noah Kelsey is the 2023-2024 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley’s Youth of the Year winner and Annika McDonald is the 2023-2024 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 Noah, Annika, Evangelina, and Dylan for using their voices and for being part of the 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!

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.