The Road to Youth of the Year (YOY) is Underway

YOY receives a $ 5,000 scholarship and a car courtesy of Frank Leta Honda

ST. LOUIS (September 26, 2023) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) Youth of the Year title is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive and a signature national youth recognition program that celebrates the recipient’s contributions to their family, school, community, and their Boys & Girls Club. 

WHO This year, seven BGCSTL candidates are vying for the prestigious honor.  Meet the candidates:

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Ismail B.- Senior at Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience. He is a Teen Center of Excellence and St. Louis Internship Program participant.  

Lailah G.  – Senior at Metro High School. Lailah has been a proud BGC O’Fallon Park Club member for almost a decade.  

Brailey H – Sophomore at Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, Ill. 

Attending BGC Bethalto for the past eight years has helped her overcome her shyness.  

Austin N – Sophomore at Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, Ill. 

Austin has attended BGC Bethalto for the past nine years.

Alex S – Sixteen-year old attended Hazelwood East High School. A 12-year Club member, Alex says she plans to become an entrepreneur as a Cosmetologist.

Lai Jeon W – Senior at Whitfield School. Lai Jeon has been a BGC Mathews-Dickey Club member since he was five. Her favorite BGC programs are SMART Girls and Workforce Development.  

WHAT: Youth of the Year candidates will compete for one of four finalists positions to move on to attend the Great Futures Gala. Great Futures Gala is the largest fundraising event for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which raised $660,000 for Club kids and teens!

The four finalists will receive a scholarship, $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000, respectively.  The winner is also awarded a car sponsored by Frank Leta Honda. 

WHEN:  Saturday, September 30, 2023 @ noon. 

WHERE:  Herbert Hoover Club, 2901 North Grand Blvd. 63107

The media is invited to capture video of the candidates rehearsing and interacting before their appearance in front the judges.  

For more information, please call Deneen Busby, VP of marketing & communications, at 314-680-7998 or  

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. BGCSTL provides after-school, teen, sports, and summer programs to youth across the Bi-State Region while also providing a safe place for them to learn and grow. The Clubs serve youth across the region at twelve locations, including (Adams Park Club, Bentwood Townhomes Bethalto Club, Lovejoy Club, Hazelwood Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, Mathews-Dickey Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club and the Teen Center of Excellence). We also operate Mentor St. Louis and the St. Louis Internship Program.


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