2013 Youth of the Year

  1. Jordyn is a junior at Omaha Central High School. She has been a member of the North Club for 3 years.

    Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

    Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

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  2. Jorge Ayon is a senior at Omaha South High School and is 18 years old. he has been a member of the South Club for 11 years.

    Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

    Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

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  3. Haley Banks is a 17 year old senior at Thomas Jefferson High School where she is on the Honor Roll with a 3.6 GPA.

    Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

    Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

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  4. Emmalee Shields is a 14 year old freshman at Westside High School. She has been a member of the Westside Boys & Girls Club for two years.

    Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

    Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

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  5. Allysia Holm-Peoples is a junior at Omaha Northwest High School. She has been a member of the Mt. View Club for three years and was a member of the Boys & Girls Club in Scottsdale, AZ for five years before that.

    Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

    Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

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2013 Youth of the Year

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Six area teens met before a crowd of more than 60 friends, family members and judges to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) Youth of the Year. The youth shared tales of overcoming the witnessing domestic abuse, homelessness,…


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Six area teens met before a crowd of more than 60 friends, family members and judges to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) Youth of the Year. The youth shared tales of overcoming the witnessing domestic abuse, homelessness, a stepfather’s attempted suicide and the local Boy’s & Girls Club that provided refuge from the storm.

Six area judges determined Jorge Ayon, an 18-year-old senior at Omaha South High School and 11-year member of the South Omaha Boys & Girls Club winner of the BGCM Youth of the Year Title, making Ayon the most distinguished among over 5,000 BGCM members in the metro Omaha area.

After the announcement, a teary and choked-up Ayon stood at the podium as Ivan Gilreath, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club, placed his hand on his back telling the young man to take his time. After a few minutes, Ayon spoke.

“My journey hasn’t been easy,” Ayon said. “Everything that I’ve learned is thanks to my family and the Club. Being here is an honor for me. This is something I will always have with me.”

The six competing teens, each currently representing an area Boys & Girls Club came together in the metro-wide culmination of the Youth of the Year Program (YOY), which promotes service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Contestants this year were:

• North Omaha Unit Youth of the Year – Jordyn Henry
• South Omaha Unit Youth of the Year – Jorge Ayon
• Carter Lake Unit Youth of the Year – Haley Banks
• Westside Unit Youth of the Year – Emmalee Shields
• Mount View Unit Youth of the Year – Allysia Holm-Peoples
• Council Bluffs Unit Youth of the Year – Cameron Sada-Schlotfeld

The Midlands Youth of the Year, Jorge Ayon will compete to win the Nebraska State title on March 7 in Lincoln. The state YOY title also provides the winner with a $1,000 college scholarship and a chance to compete in for the Regional title in Chicago in July 2013. Five regional winners across the United States each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

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