2018 Youth of the Year Tulsa Competition

  • Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

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    Thursday, February 1, 2018 we kick off with our traditional banquet dinner at 6 p.m. at the University of Tulsa’s Great Hall. The top three Metro Tulsa competitors will present their speeches. Students from each of the six Tulsa Metro Boys & Girls Clubs will compete for the titles of Youth of the Year and a $5,000 college scholarship. This is the first step to state, regional and national competition sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. Special guest speaker and performer Damien Horne will share his story to encourage Tulsa youth leaders. Learn more about Damien Horne through his recent Huffington Post article.

    Friday, February 2, The Salvation Army Area Command will host Damien Horne in a Warehouse Glow Concert at 8 p.m. Wear neon or white and we will provide the glow. Special guest and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club alumni Damien Horne, musician and speaker, will share his testimony. Damien uses his talent, struggles and success to inspire others. He is one of 12 children in his family, not the oldest, but the first to graduate from high school. Through his music and speaking opportunities Damien offers words of encouragement, support and faith.

    On Saturday, February 3, peruse Tulsa Metro Club Members Fine Arts at Philbrook Museum of Art. Exhibit open from 11am to 2pm. See the amazing works of art and photography created by Tulsa Metro Boys & Girls Clubs. This event has no charge and is open to the public. The coffee shop atmosphere will also provide a more intimate opportunity to meet Damien Horne.

    Finishing the weekend, Sunday, February 4, morning at 11 am worship with Tulsa Salvationists and Damien Horne at Tulsa Citadel Corps.


    Several sponsorship levels are available which include each of the events. For more information or to sign up as a sponsor contact Samantha Knappen at 918-587-7801 x114 or samantha.knappen@uss.salvationarmy.org.


    Each of the six area Boys & Girls Clubs selected a youth to compete in the area program. The candidates will be judged on four areas of equal weight: candidate essays on three pre-selected topics, 15-minute interviews with a panel of judges, public speaking based on a speech given to a panel of judges and their over application quality.

    If the Tulsa winner takes first place at the state competition, he/she will compete for the title of Southwest Regional Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2016, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported BGCA 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, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is committed to helping improve the quality of life in our communities, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring youth have access to a quality education. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a national education partner that has joined with BGCA to impact academic success among youth across the country, and the Taco Bell Foundation, BGCA’s premier partner for teen empowerment.