Community Spotlight

Help Us Celebrate Our 2010 Youth of the Year

2009 Youth of the Year Olaminde Oladipupo

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year (YOY) is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability.

Here in Santa Monica – and in other Clubs across the country – the YOY program is a year-round tool for fostering the character, personal growth and leadership qualities of our young people. We recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

Five members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica were nominated as the 2010 Youth of the Year.  They are currently preparing their presentations, which they will deliver to a panel of judges comprised of board and community members in the coming weeks. On February 5, we will reveal the Santa Monica YOY at our Annual Youth of the Year Awards Banquet. We will also highlight the achievements of each of our nominees on this wonderful afternoon.

The YOY program highlights the impact the Boys & Girls Clubs have on the young people we serve. Research recently commissioned by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Los Angeles County Alliance found that for every $1 invested, the Boys & Girls Clubs within L.A. County generate $16.42 of positive economic impacts for the community –that’s an annual Return on Investment of at least 1,642 percent. This tremendous rate of return is a testament to the vital role the clubs play in shaping the lives of youth and their parents by increasing high school graduation rates, reducing teenage motherhood, preventing juvenile crime and more. The YOY program urges our members to Be Great – which in turn results in a stronger community.

Making the YOY event truly special depends on investment of our supporters, donors and the community at large. Banquet sponsorship opportunities are available, each with varying degrees of promotional support attached. You can find them here. We are deeply grateful for every donation, so we encourage you to give what you can, even if a Title, Gold or Silver Sponsorship is not possible for you now. Contact SMBGC Director of Development Jennifer Vides (310-361-8520 or jvides@smbgc.org) for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

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