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Youth of the Year

2023 Youth of the Year

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The Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year program honors the nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.


This prestigious scholarship competition asks teens to compose essays and a speech detailing their Club experience, personal brand, and plan for the future. Youth then present their work in front of community judges for the chance to win scholarship dollars to fund their future higher education.

Thank you to our Great Futures Society: Co-Chairs Matthew Tursi, Emily Schmidt, Sidney Pezley and members Nathan Paulsen, Dakota Karthan, Josh Lemon, Jenni Boyles, James Theobald, Bryant Engbers, Jacob Simon, Sydney Ross, and Meredith Raduechel.

For questions about event partnership opportunities or tickets to any BGCCI event, please contact our Director of Donor Engagement & Events Madi Bellile at or 515-242-7925.

2023 Youth of the Year

Congratulations to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa's 2023 Youth of the Year, Delanee! Delanee has been a Club member for six years. She is a multi-talented young lady. She excels academically and musically. With dance being her main passion, she was recently in her school’s production of Heathers. You can always find Delanee being active in one of her numerous after school activities.

2023 Youth of the Year Sponsors

Champion Sponsor

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Advocate Sponsors


Visionary Sponsors

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Mentor Sponsors

Pati & Jason Burt
Greg & Brenda Cushing
The Ricklefs Family Foundation

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We Need Your Support Today!

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