Youth of the Year: Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire in Kootenai County.

One of the best times of the year for the kids at the Club is participating in a national program called 'Youth of the Year'. The teens get to sharpen great leadership skills such as speech writing and public speaking. At the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County, each year we take a pool of outstanding teen role-models and select one of them to represent Youth of the Year at our Club where they can go on to compete statewide and beyond.

DJ Luby was Chosen as 2016 Youth of the Year.

Photo provided by Martine Gorrill of Studio 33 Photography.

What is Youth of the Year?

For nearly 70 years, the Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the nation’s most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teens. These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.

Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. 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. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports.


Becoming National Youth of the Year is an exciting and inspiring journey. Each year, thousands of Club teens participate in local, state and regional Youth of the Year events. Six teens, including five regional winners and a national military youth winner, advance to Washington, D.C., for the National Youth of the Year Gala & Celebration Dinner, where one outstanding young person is named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national teen spokesperson. The National Youth of the Year is a role model, leader and advocate for the nearly 4 million youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs each year, and all of America’s young people.

How to Get Involved

1. Attend the Youth of the Year Ceremony - Support our community's teens as they give their heartfelt speeches.
>>View our website or Facebook to see when the next event is happening.

2. Donate - Donations of money and in-kind gifts are greatly appreciated to support this free event for attendees and for Youth of the Year participants.
>>View our donation page.

3. Volunteer - If you want to volunteer for just one event, this is truly a special event that highlights the good things our teens our doing in our county.
>>View our volunteer page.