Youth of the Year 2023

2023 Youth of the Year


Presented by:

Thursday, February 23

5:00 p.m. cocktail hour; 6:00 p.m. program


Center for Visual and Performing Arts

1040 Ridge Rd, Munster, IN 46321


Candidates from our Clubs will be competing to be named the 2023 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana Youth of the Year. Our winner will advance to the State Competition.


Each candidate participates in a series of events to help them prepare for our big night. Thank you to our Professionals Advancing Local Success (PALS) group for helping them with speech writing, public speaking skills and overall confidence. Our members also learned dining etiquette at Asparagus and went shopping for professional outfits.

Meet Our Candidates

Surilynn Desch

Duneland Club

JaMal Backstrom

East Chicago Club

Alaisha Brown

Hammond Club

Bryston Pemberton

Valparaiso Club

Phillip Clanton

Lake Station Club

Josiah Horton

Merrillville Club

Xander Brown

Portage Club

Karl Smith

South Haven Club

Thank you to our sponsors who made this event possible:

Presenting Sponsor

Premiere Sponsor

Gold Sponsors



Silver Sponsors


Anonymous Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor


Wintrust Commercial Banking

Advocate Sponsors


Duneland Kiwanis

Haywood and Fleming Associates

NOOTER Chicago

Solid Platforms

Friend Sponsor


Portage Kiwanis