2019 Youth of the Year
Since 1947, the Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of our teens. Club members who earn the Youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership, service, character and academic excellence. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.
This year, our Club’s Youth of the Year is Anthony Aguilar, a scholar athlete dedicated to community and Club service. Anthony is a junior at Glen Cove High School where he maintains an A+ average as a member of the Varsity Football and Track & Field teams, the Wind Ensemble, the Pep Band, and the National Honors Society. At school, Anthony leads by example, demonstrating commitment and enthusiasm, accepting challenges and balancing the demands of a part time job.
Anthony joined the Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club when he was in the first grade. As an active member for eleven years, he has participated in many of the Club’s programs including College Prep, City Club and Money Matters. Anthony wants to encourage other teens to stay involved in the Club and to actively participate in the opportunities offered there. “The Club helped me realize that I actually do have a chance [to go to college] and it has helped me work harder in school.”
As Treasurer of the Keystone Club, Grenville Baker’s community service and leadership organization, Anthony has performed more than 75 hours of service every year in high school. His favorite project was traveling with the Club to Panama to help build teacher housing for a school and assisting in the classroom with reading and English.
Next year, Anthony hopes to become the first member of his family to go to college. I know I speak for our entire Club, staff and members alike, in saying that Anthony is an exceptional young man and we are so proud to have him represent us this year in Albany and beyond as our Youth of the Year.