The Youth of the Year winner is...

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago is proud to announce Joshua H. from the Valentine Boys & Girls Club has been named our 2019 Youth of the Year! We’d like to congratulate all of our finalists–Anthony, Estrella, James, Jocelynn, and Liannah–on their hard work, dedication, and commitment to improving their communities.

With nearly 1,000 people in attendance at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, the Youth of the Year was an extraordinary success! The Youth of the Year Competition honors some of Chicago’s most inspiring teens and celebrates their remarkable journeys. These amazing young people exemplify Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s mission and are proof of the impact Clubs have in transforming and saving kids’ lives.

Thank you for your commitment to Chicago’s young people. Because of you, they have a place where they can be a kid, a place they belong, and a place that truly is A Club for Life

"My mentor taught me that you do not become a man by finding yourself in silence and solitude, but instead, you should be open and expressive because that is what makes us human." - Joshua H., 2019 Youth of the Year Winner