Youth of the Year

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. 
 

Bria Anderson, a 17-year old junior at Jensen Beach High School, was named BGCMC's Youth of the Year on February 12, 2013 at a ceremony held on the Stuart campus of Indian River State College. 

Bria, an 11-year Member of BGCMC's East Stuart branch, competed against candidates representing each of the Clubs' four other branches.  This was the second time Bria has won the award as she had been named Youth of the Year in 2011. 

The four other candidates for the 2013 Youth of the Yearaward were: Coleen Chan (Hobe Sound), Lovely Davlimar (Palm City), Bridget Duignan (Port Salerno), and Kadesha Singleton (Indiantown). 

The Youth of the Year program celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments.Youth of the Year honorees are recognized for service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to their family. It is a year-round tool to cultivate teen Members' character, personal growth, and leadership qualities. 

Each November, each of the five branches picks one nominee for its annual Youth of the Year competition. Each of these five nominees then works with volunteers from Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization developing public speaking and leadership skills through practice and feedback. The nominees are then judged by local dignitaries from the media and business communities, and a County-wide winner is named.

Nominees are then honored at a reception in February, and all five nominees later attend the annual state Youth of the Year competition. The five youth participate in leadership activities, team building workshops, and spend time meeting other civic-minded teens. State winners will then go on to compete at the national level where he or she will compete for a $50,000 scholarship and an appearance at the White House! 
 

Spotlights

Club’s early literacy program named top overall in Florida

BGCMC recently received the award for top overall Boys & Girls Club program in the state by the Florida Area Council for Be READy, an early literacy initiative that the organization designed and created in 2012. Full release here

2013 Annual Report

New Indiantown Club is Now Open!

The new Bill & Barbara Whitman branch in Indiantown is now open for business! 

We want to thank everyone who helped us achieve this six-year dream! 

The new Club features a full-size gymnasium, performing arts space, learning & technology labs, a kitchen, and plenty of space to build and develop the potential of Indiantown’s most extraordinary asset —its children-- through Education & Career Development, Character Leadership Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts and Sports, Fitness & Recreation.