Youth of the Year

What Does It Take to be Youth of the Year…

Youth of the Year has become America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teen Club Members. This nationally recognized program has a real impact on developing great futures for young people. Through an application and interview process, “Youth of the Year” candidates are selected by a local panel of esteemed judges based on leadership qualities, service to the community, academic achievement, letters of recommendation, obstacles overcome, written essays, poise, and public speaking.

Some of the Benefits and Honors…

Each of our six Clubhouses select Boy and Girl Youth of the Year Winners annually and we award scholarships to assist them in their academic pursuits. One candidate each year is identified by a panel of judges to represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson in the State of Arizona Competition in Phoenix every April. Our 2017 “Mark Irvin City of Tucson” Youth of the Year is Karla Figueroa Leon.

2017 “Mark Irvin City of Tucson” Youth of the Year

Karla Figueroa Leon
Jim & Vicki Click Clubhouse

Congratulations Karla! Karla is the 2017 “Mark Irvin City of Tucson” Youth of the Year winner from the Jim & Vicki Click Clubhouse.

A recent graduate of Arizona College Prep Academy, Karla is the 2017 Mark Irvin City of Tucson Youth of the Year Award winner. An enthusiastic representative of BGCT, she credits her Clubhouse with providing life-changing experiences that enhanced her confidence, self-discipline, and desire to contribute to her community. A member of the Jim & Vicki Click Clubhouse during her high school years, Karla was the president of Keystone Club, played on a basketball league, was active in the Clubhouse Internship Academy (CIA), and was recognized for her academic achievements through EXCEL! Karla served on her high school’s student council; played basketball, volleyball, and Ultimate Frisbee; took Advanced Placement courses; and held a part-time job. She also completed a prestigious administrative internship at BGCT during the summer of 2016. Determined to achieve a great future, Karla is excited to be enrolled at Pima Medical Institute, where she is earning her certification as a Medical Assistant and looking forward to gaining invaluable professional experience and continuing her educational pursuits.


Past Winners (YOTY Alumni)

2016    Paola Bustamante
2015   Goel Ellis
2014   David Johnson
2013   Goel Ellis
2012   Anthony Wimberly
2011   Arreana Robles
2010   Juliet Yardy
2009   Mark (TJ) Quijada
2008   Tessa Kozlowski
2007   Samantha Bossert
2006   Tessa Kozlowski
2005   Kevin Bennett
2004   Ramon Moran
2003   George Yslava
2002   Kristina Ruiz
2001   Leticia Moran
2000   Ramon Ahumada
1999   Ramon Ahumada
1998   Joseph “Nique” Guerrero
1997   Jaime Guerro
1996   Yvonne Rodriguez
1995   Vila Sisamout
1994   Vila Sisamout
1993   Maria Arevalo
1992   Julie Merten-Voskuil
1991   Maria Arevalo
1990   George Schmid
1989   Kurtisha Flannigan
1988   Keisha Flannigan
1987   Chieva Bush
1986   Jose Leon
1985   Albert Madril