2018 Youth of the Year Competition

Cynthia Wins Midwest Youth of the Year!

We are excited to announce that Cynthia A. won the prestigious Midwest Youth of the Year competition on July 17, 2018! After securing victories in the city and state-wide contests, Cynthia triumphed over 11 Youth of the Year winners from across the Midwest to take home the coveted title. A long-time member of our Pedersen-McCormick Club, Cynthia represents the very best of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.

During the Midwest Youth of the Year competition, Cynthia gave an impassioned speech about bullying and its impact on her own life journey. Her story is one of determination and strength, and we are so proud of her confidence and advocacy. Cynthia started an anti-bullying campaign at her Club and has since traveled across Chicago to share her story, promote positive peer-to-peer relationships, and inspire youth.

We look forward to watching Cynthia continue her journey at the National Youth of the Year contest September 25th in Washington D.C.

BGCA Midwest YOY Gala on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Chicago. (Jean-Marc Giboux/AP Images for Boys & Girls Clubs of America)

BGCA Midwest YOY Gala on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Chicago. (Jean-Marc Giboux/AP Images for Boys & Girls Clubs of America)



Save-the-Date: 2019 Youth of the Year Competition & Dinner

Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Navy Pier

600 East Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611