2019 Youth of the Year
For nearly 70 years, the Youth of the Year program of the Boys and Girls Club of America has honored and celebrated the nation’s most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teens. These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.
Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected in each Club, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. The Youth of the Year meet and attend conferences both locally and nationally to finalize the one National Youth of the Year winner. YOYs are the Club best and brightest many times having achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports against all odds.
The 2019 Marshfield Youth of the Year Nominees include:
Jacquie has been involved in the Club for 7 years, first as a member and then as a staff member. She is currently a senior at Marshfield High School, an active member of student government in the role of Vice President, a member of the Dram Club, founded MIRROR magazine and is the chief of staff for youth in government.. As youth of the year she wants to be the role model for younger kids at the Club and help create a welcoming environment for all kinds of kids. Jacquie intends to study Political Science and Journalism next year at either Boston University or Wellesley College.
Kathryn has been involved with the Club for 8 years and currently works both afterschool and summer programs. She is a member of the Keystone Leadership Club, National Honor Society and is the captain of the girl’s, varsity basketball team as Senior at Marshfield High School. As youth of the year Kathryn wants to get more involved in the community as a representatives of the Club that she can help foster new collaborations with other organizations that share our mission. Next year Kathryn will be attending the University of Tampa to study Business and Entrepreneurship.
Makenna has worked and been very involved with the Club for 2 years. She is a member of Student Council at Marshfield High School, a peer ambassador, and a member of the Keystone Leadership. Makenna also works as an intern at Marshfield Community Television. As youth of the year Makenna would like to inspire the younger youth at the Club to lead a positive lifestyle and spread the mission of the Club. Next year she plans on studying Film and photography and is considering which of the many schools she to which she was admitted including Lesley College.
Jack has been a staple of the Boys and Girls Club since he was 6 years old. Jack works as an afterschool and summer staff, is a two time BGC national arts winner, and member of the Keystone Leadership Club, and a Student Council member at Marshfield High School. As youth of the year Jack wants to increase the arts programming through additional funding and the creation of a music production program. Next year, Jack will be attending Santa Barbara City College to study graphic design.
Ryan has been involved with the Club since the age of 11. Ryan is currently the president of the Keystone Leadership Club, a member of the Marshfield High School’s Rugby team, works as both summer and afterschool staff and is a member of Decca. Ryan introduced a youth rugby program at the club last year that has attracted kids from 10 surrounding towns. As youth of the year, Ryan would like to promote our community in a positive light by showing the community that the Club’s mission succeeds at producing strong leaders and members of society. Next year, Ryan will be attending Endicott College to study Business.