Youth of the Year

The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 71st year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.


Congratulations to our 2019 Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton Youth of the Year, Amonnie Polite!

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Amonnie has won a $500 scholarship and will go on to compete for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry Youth of the Year title on March 15.

Amonnie is a 10th grader and has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton for ten years where she serves as president of the Keystone Club and works as a Junior Staff member. Amonnie says, "The Club has offered an immense amount of opportunities for me to exceed in life, and help me to become a strong and independent woman."

We are so proud to have this exceptional young lady representing our Club!


Many Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton members have gone on to win the Youth of the Year title not only at the Club level, but have gone on to win the title for all of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry as well as the state of South Carolina title. These recipients have been rewarded with college scholarships, interships and countless other opportunities.

Past Youth of the Year Winners

Keiona Marshall  Where is Keiona Now?  Keiona is a freshman at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC on a full-ride scholarship. She plans to be a social worker after graduation.  Keiona still returns to work at her Bluffton Boys & Girls Club during summer and other breaks from college.  ________________________    2018 South Carolina Youth of the Year  2018 Lowcountry Youth of the Year  2018 Bluffton Youth of the Year  2017 Lowcountry Youth of the Year  2017 Bluffton Youth of the Year

Keiona Marshall

Where is Keiona Now?
Keiona is a freshman at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC on a full-ride scholarship. She plans to be a social worker after graduation.

Keiona still returns to work at her Bluffton Boys & Girls Club during summer and other breaks from college.
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2018 South Carolina Youth of the Year

2018 Lowcountry Youth of the Year

2018 Bluffton Youth of
the Year

2017 Lowcountry Youth of the Year

2017 Bluffton Youth of
the Year

Ebony Gadson    Where is Ebony Now?  Ebony is a junior at Spellman College in Atlanta, GA. She is considering becoming an actuary after graduation.  Ebony still returns to work at her Bluffton Boys & Girls Club during summer and other breaks from college.  _______________________     2015 South Carolina Youth of the Year    2015 Lowcountry Youth of the Year    2015 Bluffton Youth of    the Year    2014 Lowcountry Youth of the Year    2014 Bluffton Youth of    the Year

Ebony Gadson

Where is Ebony Now?
Ebony is a junior at Spellman College in Atlanta, GA. She is considering becoming an actuary after graduation.

Ebony still returns to work at her Bluffton Boys & Girls Club during summer and other breaks from college.
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2015 South Carolina Youth of the Year

2015 Lowcountry Youth of the Year

2015 Bluffton Youth of
the Year

2014 Lowcountry Youth of the Year

2014 Bluffton Youth of
the Year

Aaron (AJ) Jenkins    Where is AJ Now?  AJ recently graduated from the Art Institute of Charleston with a degree in Culinary Arts.  AJ still works periodically at his Bluffton Boys & Girls Club when we need an extra set of hands!  ________________________    2013 Lowcountry Youth of the Year  2013 Bluffton Youth of the Year    2012 Bluffton Youth of the Year

Aaron (AJ) Jenkins

Where is AJ Now?
AJ recently graduated from the Art Institute of Charleston with a degree in Culinary Arts.

AJ still works periodically at his Bluffton Boys & Girls Club when we need an extra set of hands!
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2013 Lowcountry Youth of the Year

2013 Bluffton Youth of the Year

2012 Bluffton Youth of the Year