Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. The Youth of the Year program celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments. These deserving young people are recognized for service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to their family.

Beginning in the Club and continuing through the state, regional and national levels, Boys & Girls Club youth are honored each year for their efforts in making their Clubs and communities more positive places for everyone. Each regional winner receives a total of $11,000 in college scholarships from the recognition program’s national sponsor, Tupperware Brands Corporation. The national winner receives an additional $50,000 college scholarship from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation.

Youth of the Year WinnersCongratulations to the three Northern California Youth of the Year winners!

Brianna Benson | Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco

Elizabeth Leon | BGC of Fresno County

Jennifer Hernandez | BGC of Central Sonoma County

Good luck in representing your Club and Northern California on behalf of all the Clubs in Northern California and the Northern California Area Council.

If your Club is interested in working with BGCA and the Northern California Area Council to host next year’s NorCal YOY event, please contact NCAC Chair Lorna Padia Markus at