Youth of the Year

2022 Youth of the Year

Congratulations to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa’s 2022 Youth of the Year, Sierra!

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 75th 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.

Sierra 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!

Congratulations to our Junior Youth of the Year, O’Shija! Junior Youth of the Year seeks to develop junior leaders within the Club environment. The program cultivates their leadership potential, providing the foundation they need for advanced leadership development, academic excellence and postsecondary success.

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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.

2022 Youth of the Year - Sierra Pilate


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This year’s YOY is Sierra Pilate, a senior high school student in the Des Moines area. After joining Club in middle school, Sierra has grown into a compassionate, outgoing leader. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa has been a place where Sierra can learn, grow and feel comfortable in her own skin with continued love and support from her peers, mentors and staff.

2022 Youth of the Year Sponsors

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