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. state winners receive a $5,000 college scholarship, while regional winners will receive and additional $10,000 scholarship renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. in the Fall, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.


2016-2017 Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County Youth of the Year

Alexia Lyles-Murray
As the 2016 County Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (BGCPBC), 17 year old Alexia is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

An active member of the Max M. Fisher Boys & Girls Club in Riviera Beach for the past four years, Alexia is an example that you can change your life and your destiny by focusing on positive goals and outcomes. Alexia has encountered her share of adversity in life, from being homeless to struggling with low self-esteem. But thanks to the help of her Club, she was able to not only turn her life around but has also developed a passion for being a mentor to other youth and teach others that they too can overcome adversity by focusing on positive goals and outcomes. This dedicated, ambitious and determined young lady, highly values the importance of obtaining an education in order to succeed in life. Her dream is to someday become a Pediatrician and be able to care for sick kids. She certainly has all the qualities to succeed in reaching her goal and the determination to make it happen.

We wish Alexia a very bright future!

Other outstanding teen nominees considered for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County award included Club winners Victoria McPherson of the Boys & Girls Club of Boca Raton, Je’Cynthia Nonar of the Belle Glade Teen Center, Latecia Deveaux of the Florence DeGeorge Boys & Girls Club in West Palm Beach, Layal Al-Amari of the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in Wellington, Karah Pierre of the Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys & Girls Club of Delray Beach, and Nicholas Polycarpe of the Marjorie S. Fisher Boys & Girls Club in West Palm Beach.


Pictured above from L to R: 2016 Youth of the Year candidates Alexia Lyles-Murray, Layal Al-Amari, Je’Cynthia Nonar, Victoria McPherson, Nicholas Polycarpe, and Latecia Deveaux.


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.