04 Feb
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2019 Youth of the Year

Anaa Jibicho Named Twin Cities Youth of the Year

Youth of the Year Competition Made Possible by Toyota Financial Services

On January 31, senior Anaa Jibicho of the Mt. Airy Club was named the 2019 Twin Cities Youth of the Year. Anaa has been an active member of the Club for the past nine years, participating in programs such as Career Launch, Money Matters, and Goals for Graduation, and currently represents the Clubs as our Community Outreach intern. While he keeps his schedule full with other activities, education is Anaa’s number one priority. He is currently a full-time PSEO student at the University of Minnesota, completing 21 credits last semester. He will be attending Pomona College in Claremont, California next fall on a full-ride scholarship–an accomplishment he says would not have been possible if it were not for the Clubs.

“The Club is a place where you can learn who you are and who you want to be,” Anaa said. “It allows you to make mistakes in order to become great.”


Becoming Youth of the Year


For more than 70 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the nation’s most inspiring youth and their incredible stories. Club members who earn the Youth of the Year title embody the values of good character and leadership, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people across the country.

Becoming the National Youth of the Year is an exciting journey that begins at the local level. Each Club recognizes one stand-out teen member a month to receive the title of Youth of the Month. From the 12 Youth of the Month winners, each local Club selects a Youth of the Year, who is entered into the city-wide competition. At this level of competition, all candidates are required to submit a written application, participate in an interview with a panel of judges, and present a memorized speech. Each city-wide Youth of the Year winner moves on to their State competition. From there, 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. Finally, six youth–five regional winners and a military winner–advance to the National Youth of the Year Gala and Celebration Dinner in Washington, D.C. for a chance to win an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable up to $100,000 over four years. The National Youth of the Year serves as an ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs, as well as a voice for the nearly 4 million youth served by Clubs nationwide each year.

Anaa will represent the Twin Cities at the Minnesota Youth of the Year competition on March 19 at Mall of America. We are so proud of his work this far, and wish him luck as he moves on in the Youth of the Year competition!


Who Makes Youth of the Year Possible


The Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by The Walt Disney Company, who has supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota is the Signature Sponsor of the national Youth of the Year program.

We are grateful to Toyota Financial Services for making the 2019 Twin Cities Youth of the Year competition, as well as countless other events throughout the year, possible for our youth. TFS volunteers completed several service projects for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities in 2018, including handing out school supplies and backpacks to Club members, preparing and serving Thanksgiving dinner at our Southside Village Club, donating supplies for our Kids Can Give Holiday Sale, and coaching Youth of the Year candidates on their memorized speeches.