National Youth of the Year

Written by: Minot AFB Youth Programs

Seeking exceptional teens! Each year, one extraordinary Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for BGCA youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. This journey starts here, at your local BGCA club located within the Minot AFB Youth Center.

The exemplar youth who rise to be named their local, state, regional, and then national winners demonstrate not only the BGCA mission but are proof of the impact that the Club makes in transforming the lives of youth people, everyday. Becoming National Youth of the Year is an exciting and inspiring experience. Each year, thousands of Club teens participate in local, state, and regional Youth of the Year events. Six teens, including five regional winners and a national military youth winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year Celebration, where one outstanding young person is named BGCA’s national teen spokesperson. The National Youth of the Year is a role model, leader, and advocate for over 3.6 million youth served by BGCA each year. Your MAFB Youth Center is seeking interested teens who are up for the challenge to represent Minot Air Force Base as our Youth of the Year!

Eligibility requirements include:
-Can be no younger than 14 and no older than 18 years of age on January 31, 2023.
-Must have military affiliated parent(s).
-Must have active and continuing membership at a BGCA affiliated Youth Center for at least two years prior to 31 January 2023.
-Youth must participate in all competitions at the state, regional and national competitions they qualify for.
-Youth must be dedicated and hardworking to complete 4 essays, a resume, cover letter and be able to obtain two letters of recommendation.
-Youth must be willing to speak in front of large crowds with a 3 minute memorized speech.

For more information and to apply call the Youth Center at 701-723-2838 or email

Application deadline is 10 Feb 2023.

We know our MAFB teens have what it takes! Apply today!

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