Youth of the Year


Announcing the 2017 Colorado Youth of the Year


Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Club members who earn the youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. Clayton and Ernesto will represent Colorado at the regional competition in Texas this summer and hopefully move on to the national
competition in Washington DC in September.


Karol M.
Youth of the Year
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver


Karol has been a member of the Suncor Boys & Girls Club for the past nine years. During this time, Karol has been highly involved serving as Keystone President, Youth for Unity Peer Leader, Counselor-in-Training at Gates Camp, and has participated in numerous Fine Arts competitions. She is a leadership at school through Student Government. Karol was elected class president three years in a row, and student body president this year. Karol will graduate at the top of her class from Adams City High School, she plans to attend college to study journalism and international affairs.

Danielle W.
Military Youth of the Year
Boys & Girls Clubs at Buckley Air Force Base


Danielle is a mentor and positive role model. She carries a 3.73 GPA while taking Advanced Placement classes, one honors class, and is participating in the Executive Internship Program. A Club member since 2011, She organizes service projects as the President of Keystone and has a passion for teaching other teens about resiliency as a BGCA Military Teen Ambassador. Danielle has a vibrant future ahead of her with aspirations of attending the University of Washington to pursue a degree in nursing.


Colorado Youth Speak Up

Colorado Youth of the Year Finalists share their stories, their connection to the Boys & Girls Clubs and talk about the change they have made in their communities.

Colorado Youth of the Year Finalists gathered for a day of learning, community service and celebration. See youth meet, bond and grow over two exciting days in Denver. Hear from the judges who had the difficult task of determining the Colorado finalists from the incredible local representatives. Celebrate with all our Colorado Youth of the Year Finalists who represent their Clubs and communities as leaders, advocates, and change-makers.


Thank you to our amazing judges!

CJ Manning
Key Bank

Kendra Whitlock Ingram
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Jimi Alexander
State Farm Insurance
Brian Steele
Delta Dental of Colorado

Christina Heinzmann
Vectra Bank Colorado

Olympia Stefanski
Cherry Creek Schools
Jeffery Hendrickson
University of Phoenix
Jessye Higa
KBACE, A Cognizant Company
Aaron Nelson
Toyota
2017 Colorado Youth of the Year Celebration
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