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 selects two Youth of the Year Winners annually and are awarded 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 in March. Our 2021 “Mark Irvin City of Tucson” Youth of the Year is Anycia Alarcon.

2021 “Mark Irvin City of Tucson” Youth of the Year

Anycia Alarcon
Steve Daru Clubhouse

Congratulations Anycia! Anycia is the 2021 “Mark Irvin City of Tucson” Youth of the Year winner from the Steve Daru Clubhouse.

A senior at Tucson International Academy, Anycia is a long-time Steve Daru Clubhouse member and its Youth of the Year. Over the past seven years, she has participated in numerous Clubhouse programs. Her favorite activity is volunteering, and Anycia has completed an outstanding 500 hours of community volunteer service in the last year.

While helping out in her community, she continues to achieve a high GPA and be on the honor roll. Anycia serves as class president at her school. Her compassion for others and desire to help her peers achieve their upmost potential lead to her service as class president. Anycia is an inspiration to every Clubhouse member she interacts with. Anycia plans to attend college and aspires to be a neuropsychologist/ neurosurgeon.

Past Winners (YOTY Alumni)

2020   Jasimiair Roebuck
2019   Destiny Delgado
2018   Bahati Jackson
2017   Karla Figueroa Leon
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