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
Darius Webb

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. 


Youth of the Year State Competition

We are proud to announce that our Youth of the Year winner, Darius Webb, finished in the top 4 in the Massachusetts Youth of the Year competition! Congratulations Darius!

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