What is Youth of the Year?
For more than 70 years, the Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the nation’s most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teens. These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.
The St. Helena and Calistoga Teen Centers select a Youth of the Month for the entire calendar year based on their volunteer work, academic performance, character, and Club program participation. At the end of the year, staff select which Youth of the Month best represents all of these criteria and selects two teens from Calistoga and two from St. Helena to represent the organization as our four Youth of the Year nominees. These outstanding teenage students exemplify what our organization stands for, and who exhibit leadership, service to others, and academic excellence. With the help of five prominent citizens these teens are judged on their merits in hopes of achieving Youth of the Year status to then go onto local, state and regional Youth of the Year events.
At our Annual Youth of the Year awards event, we celebrate our Youth as well as our Members of the Year from the Howell Mountain, Calistoga, and St. Helena Clubhouses.
Congratulations to the 2023 Youth of the Year, Kassandra "Kizzy" Duarte
2023 Nominees and Award Recipients
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