Character and Leadership

Nurturing and guiding youthful potential and developing a moral compass through leadership, volunteerism and community service.


Youth of the Year

The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. The program recognizes and celebrates leadership, academic success, civic responsibility and engagement. Coupled with instilling good character, the Youth of the Year program is an essential part of every Club’s youth development experience Youth of the Year candidates demonstrate positive self-esteem and personal growth; serve as ambassadors for the Club and community; and become voices and advocates of the Club experience. Their success is our triumph.

Being named BGCPBC Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. Local Youth of the Year winners go on to compete on a state, regional and national levels and have the opportunity to win scholarships at the various levels.

In Palm Beach County, thanks to the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, all Youth of the Year candidates receive a 4-year college scholarship with the county winner receving a 4-year university scholarship plus room, board, and all fees. 


If you would like to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County's Youth of the Year program by becoming a sponsor, please contact us at (561) 683-3287.