Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’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. The 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 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.
Springfield Boys & Girls Club 2017 Youth of the Year
The Springfield Boys & Girls Club is proud to announce Darius Webb as this year’s Youth of the Year! Darius is a 17-year old senior at Southwick Regional High School. The Youth of the Year is intended to recognize an individual for their achievement as a productive member of the Boys & Girls Club. This individual should excel in three major areas: healthy lifestyle, academic achievement and character.
Darius has been a member of the club for the past 12 years. At the Club, Darius was actively involved in the basketball program and was also employed as a junior staff in the summer.
Darius is an exemplary student. An honor roll student for all four years, he has a G.P.A.of 89.22 and has also won the John Abigail Scholarship. Darius plans to attend UMass Amherst in the fall where his career aspiration is to be a sports general manager. The Springfield Boys & Girls Club is honored to have Darius represent the Club for the 2017 year.
Springfield College Scholarship
This year, Springfield College has awarded our winner Darius with a $20,000 scholarship over a four years span at Springfield College. Darius also received a certificate and $300 in gift cards to JCPenny.
Left to right: board member Tony Pettaway, board member Stacy Magiera, Youth of the Year Darius Webb, Executive Director Vincent Borello, and board member Diane Dunkerley.