Youth of the Year

The National Youth of the Year program, established in 1947, recognizes Club members who, with the help of their Club, have met personal challenges head-on and, despite the odds, have given back to their Club and community. Youth of the Year winners have demonstrated service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. These high achievers personify the values and character of their hometown Club.

Winners from the local Club level participate in regional competitions across the state, then at the state level in Denver, then the national regional competition, culminating in the national competition held each September in Washington DC. This annual competition concludes with a visit to the President and dates back to the Truman administration.

As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that…
Isaac Luis Reyna
2015 Youth of the Year is Isaac Luis Reyna.  

Isaac is a eighteen year old male youth who has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin for twelve years. Isaac has participated in many Club programs where he has held a leadership position which include, President of Keyclub and Leader of a youth group. Isaac is goal oriented and can accomplish anything that he sets his mind to. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school, is a founder of a church youth group and attended Illinois State Youth of the Year. Isaac has participated in community projects/organizations such as tutoring & W.A.C.O. which is an organization the brings toys to children during the holiday through Wal-Mart. Isaac's activities include riding his bike around town instead of driving, playing basketball with friends and participating in the Isaac plans to attend enlist in the National Guard and attend Elgin Community College and major in International Marketing. His aspiration is to travel around the world and provide assistance to companies. 
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