Boys and Girls Club, Hyundai launch Youth of the Year contest

Beginning in September, Boy and Girls Club youth ages 15 to 18 can apply for Youth of the Year by submitting a written essay and video that showcases their achievements, service and leadership to their club, their school and their community.

Maybe you will be named Youth of the Year.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, in partnership with Hyundai Canada, have created a national Youth of the Year initiative that celebrates youth leadership and achievement at Boys and Girls Clubs across the country, including the club in Kamloops, which operates out of the John Tod Centre on the North Shore.

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Beginning in September, Boy and Girls Club youth ages 15 to 18 can apply for Youth of the Year by submitting a written essay and video that showcases their achievements, service and leadership to their club, their school and their community. Applications will close in November and six regional Youth of the Year will be selected in February by a judging panel.

After participating in leadership training sessions, including public speaking, media training and networking, the six regional Youth of the Year will then be asked to complete a second submission. The second round of judging will determine one final winner, who will serve as Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada's national Youth of the Year.

In addition to leadership training, the six regional Youth of the Year will each be awarded a personal laptop and a $2,000 scholarship to apply to their post-secondary education, while the national Youth of the Year winner will be awarded an additional $8,000 scholarship. The Boys and Girls Club of each winner will also receive funding towards youth leadership programming.

Both regional Youth of the Year and the national Youth of the Year will make a two-year commitment to serve as ambassadors for Boys and Girls Clubs on a local and national level, which will include both digital and in-person participation in speaking engagements, media interviews, and networking opportunities.

For more information on how to apply, contact the Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops by phone at 250-554-5437.

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