Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy. In the 21st-century world and workplace, leadership skills such as communication, goal-setting and teamwork are essential for everyone – especially young people preparing to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood. 

Each year, BGCWPA is proud to select an incredible Youth of the Year candidate from each of our participating Clubhouses to be included in a rigorous and meaningful application, essay, mentorship and interview process. Following the selection of one Western Pennsylvania Youth of the Year candidate from a panel of judges, this candidate travels to the capital of our state, Harrisburg, to present alongside other representatives from Pennsylvania Clubhouses. One candidate is chosen in Harrisburg to compete in the Northeast Regional Youth of the Year competition, with the winner of that taken to Washington, D.C. for the national competition where they present next to YOY representatives from all over the nation.The National Youth of the Year represents the Boys & Girls Club Movement at the White House and other events, rubbing elbows with the likes of famous BGCA Alumni such as Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. This process offers youth an opportunity to grow in their skills and experiences, as one BGCWPA parent highlights, “The experience he gained going through the Youth of the Year process is invaluable…experience that will continue to guide him in life”.

We are so proud and thrilled to announce Nick Cindrich as our 2020 Western Pennsylvania Youth of the Year winner, as Nick perfectly embodies the mission, goals and values of BGCWPA! As a Clubhouse member since the age of 5 and a staff member of our Carnegie Clubhouse, Nick has spent much time helping and teaching other youth through our STEM and robotics programs. Nick shares his eagerness and compassion with the youth he teaches, in addition to his fellow staff members. He also enjoys competition as a Clubhouse, high school and travel hockey player! As a 2020 Carlynton High School graduate, Nick will be moving on to attend Kent State University as a Mechatronics Engineering major, a major selection he attributes to his introduction to STEM at the Carnegie Clubhouse! We wish Nick the best of luck and congratulate him on all of his achievements! As our BGCWPA 2020 Youth of the Year winner, Nick will be provided with a $2,000 scholarship thanks to our partners at Rohrich Automotive. We will miss you, Nick!

Celebrate Nick with us as he accepts his award during The Bridge to Great Futures Gala on August 5, 2020! This virtual event will be an unforgettable evening with special guest and keynote speakers, Smokey Robinson! Smokey Robinson wine and appetizers will be delivered right to your doorstep to enjoy during the event. There are only 20 slots left, so purchase your tickets today!