About Youth of the Year

Each year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio awards its highest honor to one exceptional teen who exemplifies the Boys & Girls Club mission and promotes the Club’s values in his or her community.

Meet Kaylie —
2022 Youth of the Year

Kaylie is a freshman at South High School, and she has been a Club member for 4 years. Kaylie’s defining characteristics are that she is outgoing and intelligent. Kaylie plans to one day pursue a career in social work.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our candidates!

Youth of the Year (YOY) is Boys & Girls Clubs’ premier recognition program, celebrating members for their outstanding achievement in leadership, service, and academic excellence.

Bethany — Marion

Bethany is a freshman at Harding High School and has been a member of the Club for 7 years. Bethany describes herself as honest and energized. She plans to one day pursue a career in cosmetology.

Dakota — Marion

Dakota is a sophomore at Harding High School and has been a Club member for 7 years. Dakota’s defining characteristics are that he is knowledgeable and caring. Dakota loves video games and dreams of one day pursuing a career streaming them.

Jaiya — South Side

Jaiya is an 8th grade student at Valor Academy. She has been a Club member for 4 years. Jaiya describes herself as both smart and caring. From a young age, Jaiya has dreamed of becoming a doctor and plans to pursue a career in medicine.

K'Aaliyah — R.I.S.E.

K’Aaliyah is an 8th grade student at Dominion Middle School. She has been a Club member for 7 years. K’Aliya describes herself as being determined and strong. She hopes to one day pursue a career in cosmetology.

2022 Jr. YOY Awardees by Market

Natalia — Columbus

Tesslah — Marion

Alana — Newark

2022 Jr. YOY Candidates by Clubhouse

  • J. Ashburn Jr.
  • Leevaughn
  • Serenity
  • KIPP
  • Randy
  • Livingston
  • Giovanni
  • Louella Hodges Reese – Newark
  • Alyza
  • Noah
  • Shayla
  • Marion
  • Cameron
  • Hailey
  • Isabelle
  • Jaelynn
  • Parker
  • R.I.S.E
  • Zi’Yonna
  • South Side
  • Jalik