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2021 Central Iowa Youth of the Year Announced

Arina Tembo has been named the Central Iowa Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 74th 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.


L to R: David Chapman, Board President, Arina Tembo, 2021 Central Iowa YOY and Tony Timm, BGCCI CEO

After signing up for Club when she was in 7th grade, Arina has grown into a confident Club leader. She has become an advocate for education equality and is planning to become a physician, all while overcoming the challenges of switching schools and making new friends. By focusing on self-love, Arina hopes to empower youth to love themselves and teach them the impact self-love has on their relationships, lifestyle and future.


“We are incredibly proud of Arina and all the Central Iowa Youth of the Year candidates,” said Tony Timm, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. “Arina has exhibited extraordinary service and leadership. We look forward to continuing to support Arina’s Club journey in becoming a role model other kids can admire and emulate.”


Arina will go on to compete for the Iowa Youth of the Year title and a $2,500 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. If selected as Iowa Youth of the Year, she will contend for the title of Midwest Regional Youth of the Year who will receive an additional $20,000 college scholarship. Six finalists will advance to the virtual National Youth of the Year event in October 2021, to vie for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $50,000 and a brand-new Toyota Corolla.


For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.youthoftheyear.org.