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North Club Member Wins the 2018 BGCM Youth of the Year Title


On Friday night, our six Club Youth of the Year took the stage at WoodmenLife for the BGCM Youth of the Year competition and shined like stars!

They shared their stories with us and the critically important role the Club has played in their development.

The support of their families, friends, Woodmen coaches, and our BGCM staff was absolutely incredible!

Congratulations to our Youth of the Years….
Teiah Wells – North Club
Sandra Ramirez – South Club
Tony Remmen – Carter Lake Club
Haleigh Henry-Fewell – Westside Club
Anthony Baker – Mt. View Club
Lorna Puhl – Council Bluffs Club

The judges shared that this was the best group of Youth of the Years to date!

Thomas Kunkel, BGCM CPO
Teiah Wells, North Club Youth of the Year
Sandra Ramirez, South Club Youth of the Year
Anthony Baker, Mt. View Club Youth of the Year
Hon. Darryl Lowe, Judge for Youth of the Year competition
Haleigh Henry-Fewell, Westside Club Youth of the Year
Lorna Puhl, Council Bluffs Club Youth of the Year
Tony Remmen, Carter Lake Club Youth of the Year
Ivan Gilreath, BGCM President/CEO

A special thank you to…

  • Woodmen Life for hosting us and their amazing staff for their help in preparing and coaching our teens!
  • Our judges for giving of their time and energy…they had a very, very difficult job!
  • Our Club staff for their work day in and day out that helped get our young people to this point!
  • Regina, Shelli, Michelle and Ethel and many others for their behind the scenes work to make Friday night happen!

2018 BGCM Youth of the Year Winner

Teiah Wells
North Club Member

After a very tough deliberation, Teiah Wells, our North Club Youth of the Year, was proudly selected to represent BGCM as our 2018 Youth of the Year!

Congrats to Teiah and the North Club!

Teiah will now move on to the Nebraska State Youth of the Year Competition on March 22nd & 23rd in Lincoln, NE!

Again, congrats to all these young people are truly all winners and we look forward to seeing amazing things from each of them in the future!

Love that Boys & Girls Club!

Thomas R. Kunkel
Chief Professional Officer

About Youth of the Year

Youth of the Year (YOY) recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve and is a nationally recognized program through Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The program promotes and celebrates a youth’s service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. The program distinguishes youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments.

Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives.

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