Five members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast will compete for the Youth of the Year award and the opportunity to move on to the Florida State Youth of the Year Competition.

(Tampa Bay, FL) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast will be hosting a Luncheon to present the Countywide Youth of the Year Award.  The luncheon event will honor the five youth selected to represent their Clubs, give them the opportunity to share their stories, and award one of these extraordinary teens the title of 2012 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast Youth of the Year.   The Youth of the Year Awards Luncheon is on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at noon and will be held at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island, FL 33706. The event is open to the public.

Tickets will be $25 per person or $35 at the door. To RSVP, contact Carla Mattern or call 727-638-5181.

The competition will be judged by three local community leaders which include Judge Kathleen Hessinger, Bob Sokolowski and Ed Ameen. The results will be the culmination of an oral presentation, a written essay, and a one-on-one interview.
The contestants will give their presentations during the luncheon at 12pm, and the winner will be announced shortly after. The winner will move onto the state contest in Tampa, scheduled for mid-April, to compete for the opportunity to represent the State of Florida in the South East Regional’s, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year Competition.  If selected, our teen will move on to Washington, D.C, where the National Youth of the Year competition will be held. This is a very prestigious process with the winner garnering $65,000 in college scholarships and worldwide speaking engagements, including the White House and on Oprah.

These five contestants are among hundreds of local youth across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for their sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.  Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive and the title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. This program was founded over 60 years ago through the generosity of Reader’s Digest. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast or to donate, visit

About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast has been playing and integral role in the Pinellas County Community for 50 years, providing services to over 5,500 boys and girls annually.  Our programs emphasize character and leadership development, education and career enhancement, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation.  Visit

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has helped kids BE GREAT providing hope and opportunity for those who need it most. Today, some 4,300 Clubs serve some 4.5 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Boys & Girls Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military bases worldwide, providing young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Clubs positively impact lives and help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens. In a recent Harris Survey of Club alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.  Visit