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Youth of the Year

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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2023 YOY Candidates photo
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2023 St. Lucie County Youth of the Year Celebration

For 75 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.

Join Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County at Treasure Coast Lexus on February 24th to celebrate our four Youth of the Year candidates!
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while hearing inspiring stories from local youth.

Friday, February 24, 2023
Treasure Coast Lexus
5121 S. US Highway 1
Ft Pierce, FL 34982

Please RSVP to Alex Hall – ahall@bgcofslc.org

Annual Celebration and Youth of the Year Competition

A celebration with stakeholders to recognize annual achievements of St. Lucie County Boys & Girls Clubs. Guests will also enjoy our Youth of the Year premiere recognition program for four teen finalists from St. Lucie County, FL competing for Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County’s Youth of the Year title. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Clubs member can receive.

Once they have completed the program, they will have the chance to participate in the Youth of the Year selection process. Youth who embody excellence in the areas of academics, character, citizenship, and healthy lifestyles are recognized at the local, state, regional, and national level. One exceptional teen is then selected to be National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs youth as well as a voice for the nation’s young people.

For more information on attending or participating in this event please contact Cynthia Sanchez at csanchez@bgcofslc.org or (772) 742-3240

Youth of the Year Competition Leadership Day

Our St. Lucie County Youth of the Year candidates visited local businesses to meet community leaders and learn about various career paths. From flying over our Treasure Coast to filling a bag of fresh produce, our Club teens had the best day learning from local businesses.

Thank you TMx Aero, The National Navy UDT SEAL Museum, Nelson Family Farms, IRSC – Indian River State College, and Treasure Coast Lexus for helping us make Leadership Day such a success!


Youth of the Year helps our Youth discover their leadership potential and develop their leadership abilities. Through fun, engaging activities, they will develop skills essential for leadership in the 21st century:

* Understanding Leadership

* Discovering their Personal Identity

* Finding their Spark

* Managing their Personal Brand

* Standing Up and Speaking Out

* Listening for Understanding

* Working as Part of a Team

* Fostering Inclusion

* Having a Growth Mindset

* Setting and Achieving Goals

* Being a Responsible Citizen

* Finding Purpose and Vision

Our 2023 Candidates

YOY 2023 Mia-Westside

Westside Club – Mia

Mia has been a Boys & Girls Clubs member for seven years and has participated in Youth of the Year for three years in a row. Mia is a senior at Lincoln Park Academy and also takes courses at Indian River State College as part of her dual enrollment program. She is passionate about mental health awareness and education enrichment, and she has even hosted teen forums in her community to bring light to these issues. In her free time, Mia enjoys singing and dancing ballet, and plans to become an engineer.

“Our youth are our future. We must come together to share our stories and advocate for the issues in our communities. We must use resiliency and determination to make a positive change and be the leaders of today and tomorrow.”

YOY 2023 Dee-Percy Peek

Percy Peek Club – Dee

Deonna, “Dee,” has been a Boys & Girls Clubs member for nine years and is in her junior year at Lincoln Park Academy. She is a leader within her Club and in her community serving as the president of the Percy Peek Keystone Club. She works hard to assist her Club staff with Club events and even creates her Club’s flyers. She is passionate about singing in chorus and working with others, and she enjoys cheerleading in her down time. One day, Dee hopes to be a cosmetologist.

“God let me live. He did not let me drown.” – Dee

YOY 2023 Faith-Chuck Hill

Chuck Hill Club – Faith

Faith has been a Boys & Girls Clubs member for six years and is a junior at St. Lucie West Centennial High School. Faith is actively involved in her Club and her school especially through the NJROTC program, which she hopes will help guide her to her dream career as a pilot in the armed forces. When she is not at her Club or working on her Youth of the Year speech, you can often find Faith playing flag football and reading.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

YOY 2023 Enrique-Ken Pruitt

Ken Pruitt Club – Enrique

Enrique has been a Boys & Girls Clubs member for two years and is currently in his freshman year at Port St. Lucie High School. Enrique is passionate about equality and immigration laws as you will surely hear about in his Youth of the Year speech. When he is not preparing for the upcoming competition, he enjoys reading, drawing, and going to the gym. One day, he hopes to be a teacher to lead and inspire younger generations.

“We are the voice, we are the future, we are the youth of tomorrow.”

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“Youth of the Year celebrates Boys and Girls Clubs most inspiring teens, who lead succeed and inspire through their personal stories of strength and fortitude. They are leaders. They are mentors. They are world changers. Through the Youth of the Year program, these teens will realize their potential. William Shakespeare said “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Each candidate has a gift to share with us through his/her story. I am honored to be a part of their incredible journey.”  ~  Sarah Pride, Youth of the Year Committee Chair

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Thank you to all of our sponsors that have stepped up to take part in making a difference in the lives of our home-grown success stories through our annual Youth of the Year Celebration!


Ken Ohrstrom


Treasure Coast Lexus



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Susan Maxwell Remax logo


Will & Rachel Armstead

Will & Rachel Armstead


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Leslie Kristof
Tracey Yodice
Lesley Driver
Gaby Simpson


February 24
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Treasure Coast Lexus
5121 S US Highway 1
Ft. Pierce, 34982
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