Wednesday, November 10, 2021

5:30 p.m.

Creighton Harper Center

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About Youth of the Year

Youth of the Year is a year-round program focused on the development of Boys & Girls Club members as community leaders and begins at the local level as each Club offers its teens the opportunity to apply. Finalists from each of our programs compete to become the organizational Youth of the Year. Candidates are evaluated on a number of criteria including academic performance, service in the community and the Club, public speaking, and essay writing.

Several thousand dollars in scholarships and prizes are awarded to the youth who participate in the organizational competition. Each of these outstanding Club members will serve as spokespersons for the Boys & Girls Clubs in the coming year. The Youth of the Year winner will have the opportunity to compete with other Club members on the state, regional, and national levels, earn additional scholarships and meet the President of the United States.

Youth of the Year will be held on Wednesday, November 12th, 2020.


Youth of the Year Winners

Jabez Anderson

“Throughout being involved in the Club, I’ve seen a lot of positivity and was always shown that I am a part of a family aside from my birth family. I’ve always had someone to hang out with, friends to talk to and mentors with whom I could discuss real world issues.”

Club: Howard L. Hawks Florence Club
Membership: Since 2010
College plans: Ohio State University
Interested Major: Zoology/Biology

Sponsored by
Boys & Girls Clubs
of the Midlands
Board of Directors

Melissa Centeno Rosales

“The Club has always been a second home to me. My family is here, my friends are here and I love the environment. It has provided plenty of opportunities and I look forward to more that follow.”

Club: Carl & Joyce Mammel South Omaha Club
Membership: Since 2009
College: Freshman at University of Nebraska at Omaha
Major: Medical Humanities

Sponsored by
Turner Construction

2020 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Youth of the Year!

Alahna Davis

“I have been blessed to be a part of this organization that cares about the development of the children they serve. The support I have received has shown me discipline, hard work and dedication.”

Club: Bruce Fellman North Omaha Club
Membership: Since 2012
College plans: Xavier University of Louisiana
Interested Major: Pre Med

Sponsored by
TD Ameritrade

Mark Donnelly

“I love the Clubs for a lot of reasons. The Club has really helped me blossom as a person and given me the confidence to be myself shamelessly.”

Club: Henry Ogram Carter Lake Club
Membership: Since 2016
College plans: Undecided
Interested Major: Undecided

Sponsored by
Owen Industries

Miesha Haynie

“The Youth of the Year program has helped me with college and scholarship opportunities. I just want to thank the Boys & Girls Club for helping me and my family through the journey of school by making sure I stayed on track every step of the way.”

Club: Mount View Club
Membership: Since 2009
College plans: University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Interested Major: Nutrition and Health Sciences

Sponsored by
Lindsay Corporation

Erica Smith

“The Club has given me an endless amount of support and opportunities. They have taught me how to help not only myself, but other around me. Through their willingness to help me succeed, they show the importance of community; that means the most to me.”

Club: Hawkins Family Westside Club
Membership: Since 2013
HS: Westside High School
College plans: Undecided
Career interest: Biology, Neurosciences, or Business.

Sponsored by
Hawkins Construction

Abby Tague

“The Club has given me a safe place and the support to grow as a person. It’s allowed me to become the best version of myself. I am positive that I will do great things in life because of the love, support and ambition the Club has built in me.”

Club: H.H. “Red” & Ruth Nelson Council Bluffs Club
College plans: University of Central Florida or University of Kansas
Interested Major: Criminal Justice

Sponsored by
Cox Communications


2020 Youth of the Year Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Cox Communications

Youth Champion Sponsors

Hawkins Construction
Lindsay Corporation
Owen Industries
TD Ameritrade
Turner Construction

Junior Youth Champion Sponsors

Bridges Trust
First National Bank
Pape Family Foundation
Turner Construction

Virtual Event Sponsors

Darmondy Family McDonald’s
Iowa Western Community College
Prodigy Asset Management