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.
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.
Natalia — Columbus
Tesslah — Marion
Alana — Newark
2022 Jr. YOY Candidates by Clubhouse
- J. Ashburn Jr.
- Louella Hodges Reese – Newark
- South Side