WATERVILLE – On May 5th, 2015 at the State House in Augusta, The Maine Youth of the Year will be awarded. Competing for this award are Zoe Perkins (Norridgewock), Christian O’Brien (Lewiston), Maria Fontaine (Portland), Naumu Charles (Portland), Lillian LaRochelle (South Portland), and Kelsey Barrett (Gardiner).
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. The 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. As the Youth of the Year, he or she will serve as an ambassador for all teens in the state, will receive a $5,000 college scholarship from BGCA, and will go on to compete in the regional Youth of the Year, ultimately vying for the national title.
All Youth of the Year nominees are living proof that Boys & Girls Clubs across the country are fulfilling our mission of inspiring and enabling young people to achieve great futures,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, BGCA. “Being named Youth of the Year is a lifelong honor. As Youth of the Year, they will serve as a spokesperson for our young people, sharing inspiring stories and leading the way to transform communities for the better.”
The Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported BGCA for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is committed to helping improve the quality of life in our communities, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring youth have access to a quality education. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a committed partner who has worked with BGCA on many Academic Success initiatives, and the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, BGCA’s premier partner for teen empowerment.
This summer, the winner of Maine’s Youth of the Year award will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members within the North East Region. If named regional winner, he or she will be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military youth winner, will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2015, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable for four years up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.