Special Events

2/26 - Youth of the Year Luncheon

Event Details:

This event has been rescheduled for FRIDAY!

Friday, February 26, 2016
11:30AM - Registration Starts
12:00-1:00PM - Lunch & Program Begins
@ Steil Club (235 Straight Avenue)

Join us for this FREE event celebrating our Club members and featuring keynote speakers Cesar Vergas, 2010 & 2011 Youth of the Year Winner and Kristin Ekkens, Manager Inclusion & Diversity – Spectrum Health.

Please RSVP to Elyse Mathos at 616.233.9370 x104 or emathos@bgcgrandrapids.org.

Interested in sponsoring this event? 
Download our sponsorship packet here!


2016 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor - $5,000



Luncheon Sponsor - $2,000


Program Sponsor - $1,000

Ron & Janet Knaus


In-Kind Sponsors


About Youth of the Year:

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Club members who earn the youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.

Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month Winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions. Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year competition for a chance at an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable up to $100,000 for four years. The National Youth of the Year represents all Boys & Girls Club youth.

Watch our video from last year's event highlighting the Clubs and our 2015 Youth of the Year finalists:



Contact Us

for direct numbers to specific departments and staff visit the contact page.



(616) 233.9370 x102

235 Straight Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI

Steil Club


(616) 233.9370 x110

235 Straight Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI

Paul I. Phillips


(616) 719.0775

726 Madison Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI

Seidman Club


(616) 452.0061

139 Crofton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI

Camp O'Malley


(616) 871.6551

7360 Thornapple Dales
Alto, MI