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Youth of the Year


Youth of the Year Celebration • April 4, 2023

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year Program is an annual initiative to foster young people’s personal growth and leadership qualities, and the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can achieve. Greenwich’s Youth of the Year program was established in 1969 to recognize club members who give back to their club and community. Recipients of the honor have demonstrated service to club, community, and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability.  

The Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. Winners go on to vie for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and then participate in a regional and national competition. Each year a celebratory dinner is held where guests gather to witness the announcement of the winner. 

Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich has celebrated two national and four state level winners:  

Robert Zikias
1976 Youth of the Year, State of Connecticut Youth of the Year, and National Youth of the Year 

Deelia Wadsworth
1991 Youth of the Year (1st female) and State of Connecticut Youth of the Year 

Domenica Echeverria
2018 Youth of the Year and State of Connecticut Youth of the Year 

2022 Youth of the Year

“Through the Boys & Girls Club, I was able to acquire skills and opportunities that have helped me become the person who I am today, and a foundation to become the person I want to be tomorrow.” —Paige Pray, 2022 Youth of the Year

As Vice President of Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich’s service organization Keystone Club, Paige has natural leadership abilities that propel her in making connections with her peers and staff members, alike. In addition to working with younger members as a part-time staff member, she has also participated in numerous Club activities including basketball, lacrosse, LEGO robotics, yoga, and swim lessons.

A National Honors Society student with stellar grades, and recent recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens award, Paige looks forward to attending Quinnipiac University in the fall where she’s enrolled in their 3+3 Law Accelerated Dual-Degree.

Champion of Youth

The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich’s Champion of Youth award is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich supporter can achieve. The recipient is recognized as making a significant contribution of time and talent to the members and mission of the Club.

Recognized at the annual Youth of the Year dinner, it is a time when the Club’s friends, supporters, staff and alumni come together to say thank you to the Champion of Youth who has been instrumental in helping the Club continue its mission to serve the youth of Greenwich. 

The Champion of Youth has demonstrated outstanding service to Club, and embodies all that the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich stands for.  

Champion of Youth Honorees

Donald Palmer, 2022
Lisa Stuart, 2021 
Susan Bevan, 2020
Rebecca Breed, 2019
Jean Witmer, 2018
Judy Higgins, 2017

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