2012 Youth of the Year - J'Quan Monroe
J'Quan Monroe is a sophomore at Grasso Technical High School where he studies drafting and engineering. J'Quan resides in New London with his mother and sister, Sydney. J'Quan is a great student and model to other students. He is often sought after for advice on teen issues as he is known for his maturity and high expectations from his friends. J'Quan prides himself in getting good grades and pursuing his dream of becoming an architect. He hopes to one day design and build the house in which his family will reside. J'Quan is also an excellent athlete--as a freshman, he was approached by coaches to participate in each of their respective college teams. J'Quan would love to one day be a member of the National Basketball Association. While he has aspirations of playing in the NBA, he remains focused on getting good grades and attending college to realize his dream of becoming a successful architect.
Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier youth recognition program for Club members. Members benefit from participation in this program, which promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The Youth of the Year program is an effective year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.
We recognize members ages 14-18 who were Youths of the Month and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competition. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.