Teen programs focus on career and college exploration and goal setting and are developed with a strong voice from the teen leadership groups, i.e. Keystone Club and Torch Club.

The focus of teen programming is to empower them

  • To achieve maximum academic success
  • Develop strong character and leadership potential
  • To make good decisions, and
  • To make healthy lifestyle choices

The Youth of the Year program is one of the premiere programs.

Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier youth recognition program for Club members.

All members can benefit from participation in this program, which promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The Youth of the Year program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities. Local Clubs recognize members ages 14-18 and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competition. State winners, who each receive $1,000 scholarships, participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive an engraved plaque and a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

BGCA is proud to announce a new partnership with Marquette University. Youth of the Year winners on the unit, organizational, state, regional and national level are now eligible to apply for a full-tuition scholarship to Marquette University.

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