Youth of the Year

Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program.  It promotes and celebrates service to Club, community, and family, academic performance, moral character, life goals, poise and public speaking ability.
Our organization selects one Youth of the Year from members ages 14-18 who then proceeds to a state-wide competition.  If chosen as the state winner they will have the opportunity to compete in a regional competition.  The five regional winners across the country then compete for the National Youth of the Year.  This honor is installed by the President of the United States of America.


2019 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley Youth of the Year Candidates

Tori Blewitt
2019 Clarkston Club Youth of the Year

Tori Blewett is a 15-year-old Club Member who has been attending the Clarkston Boys & Girls Club for nearly 10 years. Tori is involved in several Club programs including Keystone Club, Girls Club, Go-On, and Jr. Staff.  Along with these programs, Tori also participates in various different community service projects and fundraising events that are available through the Club. Tori is passionate about working with youth and serves as an excellent role model for our younger Club Members.  Each day she strives to make the Clarkston Club a positive place for staff and Club Members alike. Outside of the Club Tori is a member of her high school’s Skills USA program and enjoys playing volleyball, softball, and basketball as well. One of Tori’s greatest strengths is her strong work ethic which shows in everything she does. Our Club is a better place because of Tori and we are proud to call her our 2019 Youth of the Year.

Tarriq Wells
2019 Lapwai Club Youth of the Year

Tarriq Wells has been an active member of the Lapwai Boys & Girls Club for the past 9 years.  He is a regular attendee of his Clubhouse, participating in its life-enhancing programs and activities.  His time spent at the Club has helped him build positive character and strong leadership skills. Tarriq is a laid back, easy going and silent young leader.

As a Jr. Staff, Tarriq has worked alongside program staff in implementing programs and activities for Club Members. He has helped assist in T.R.A.I.L. (diabetes prevention) and Triple Play. He is the Vice President of his Club’s Keystone Club, helping coordinate service projects.  He is also a participant in the Smart Moves and Ballers Night programs, where he has acquired ways to deal with peer pressures. As part of his participation in the Youth of the Year program, Tarriq would like to advocate the positive impact his Clubhouse has had on his life and to raise awareness for other youth on the benefits of participating at the Boys & Girls Club.

Tarriq is a helpful person who leads by example for his peers, younger members and staff.  He is a great Club Member and representative for his Boys & Girls Club, family, friends and community.

Jessica Schumacher
2019 Lewiston Club Youth of the Year

Jessica Schumacher is a 14-year-old member from the Lewiston Boys & Girls Club. She has been a member since the beginning of this school year, and currently is a freshman at Sacajawea Junior High School. Jessica is a positive role model to anyone that she comes in contact with, and she stands out among her peers with her empathy towards others and her outgoing personality. She stays very involved at the Club, having participated in programs such as Keystone Club, Girls Club, Power Hour, and Youth of the Year. She is invested in giving back to the community and has spent time volunteering at local organizations like the Life Choices Clinic and The ROC. Jessica has faced many odds when it comes to her mental health and fitting in at school but she has been a shining example of overcoming those odds with her positive attitude.  Her resiliency has made her Youth of the Year quality since she stepped through our doors. Jessica is an outstanding representative for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley.

Lewiston Branch:
1021 Burrell Ave Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: (208) 746-2301
Clarkston Branch:
1414 Highland Ave. Clarkston, WA 99403
Phone: (509) 758-9647