Youth of the Year

2022 Youth of the Year

Join us March 25, 2022, as we celebrate our next Youth of the Year.


Youth of the year 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. Younger Club members are able to compete as Junior Youth of the Year contestants to prepare for future participation in the Senior division.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa's Great Futures Society connects young professionals from various industries and neighborhoods in the greater Des Moines metro to support and mentor Youth of the Year scholarship applicants and prepare them for the annual competition.

When: March 25, 2022 | 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Where Holiday Inn Downtown - Mercy Campus

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Secure your sponsorship by filling out the form below. For questions about event partnership opportunities, please contact our Director of Donor Engagement & Events Madi Bellile at mbellile@bgcci.org or 515-242-7925.

2021 Youth of the Year - Arina Tembo!

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Arina Tembo has been named the 2021 Central Iowa Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa.


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.

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