Youth of the Year


Announcing the 2016 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.


Clayton S.
Youth of the Year
Boys & Girls Clubs of Pikes Peak Region


Clayton's a gregarious sixteen year old, is a natural leader. A Boys & Girls Club member for 4 years, he enjoys mentoring younger Club members. He helps them with their homework, joins in on art projects, plays dodgeball, and teaches them to play the guitar and sing. Clayton has a passion for music. Not only does he play multiple instruments, including the guitar, drums, and the ukulele, he rebuilds and restores old guitars to their former glory. Clayton has been accepted to the University of Northern Colorado and is ready use his talents and leadership skills to launch into a great future. 

Ernesto F.
Military Youth of the Year 
Buckley Air Force Base

Ernesto’s unfailing commitment to his Club, community, and school exemplify his leadership qualities. He works hard to maintain a 4.1 GPA while taking honors classes, serving as a Youth Employment Service participant, and as President of Keystone Club. A member since 2011, Ernesto has been an outstanding role model and mentor through Torch Club and as a YES volunteer at the Buckley Child Development Center, as well as a volunteer at the Food Bank of the Rockies. He plans to pursue a degree in the medical field and aspires to be an Orthodontist. A bright future is certain for this talented young man.


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!

Ann Alexander Pritzlaff
Director, Preserve America Youth Summits

Larry Beer
Education Specialist, Dept of the Army

James Coleman
Vice President of Community Engagement,
ACE Scholarships of Excellence

Jason Crow
Attorney, Holland & Hart LLP

Renee Ferrufino
Major Gifts Officer, The Women's Foundation of Colorado

Cheri Gerou
Architect, Gerou & Associates

Anthony Gurule
Manager of Cryo/Thermal Engineering Organization, Ball Aerospace

Patrick Moore
Landman, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Jeff Popiel
President & CEO, Geotech Environmental Equipment, Inc.
Luke Ragland
Vice President - Policy, Colorado Succeeds

Mike Ruotsala
Colonel USAF, Retired

Brent Seifried
Campus Director, University of Phoenix

Dawn Taylor Owens
Executive Director, College In Colorado

Jomar White
Projects Specialist, Colorado Dept of Human Services
2015 Colorado Youth of the Year Celebration
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