Read new profiles each week of Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year winners from across the country and on U.S. military installations overseas, chosen for academic excellence and service to home, Club and community.
Trei Dudley | National Youth of the Year
An exceptional student and community member, Trei Dudley has overcome many obstacles and challenges in her young life. Her single mother has had to work very hard to support Trei and her siblings.
Trei was a member of Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Kansas, for 10 years and worked as a junior staffer. She is known for going above and beyond to establish supportive relationships with younger Club members and help them build self-esteem.
She has volunteered at a local community center, a soup kitchen and an organization that provides support for homeless families. At her high school, Trei was a board member of Can We Talk, a group dedicated to helping at-risk youth achieve their full potential. She was also captain of the cheerleading squad and an editor of the yearbook.
Trei now attends the University of Arkansas, majoring in business. Inspired by her transformative Club experience, she hopes to one day open her own center for youth in need.
More About the Youth of the Year ProgramBoys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. The Youth of the Year program celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments. These deserving young people are recognized for service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to their family.
Beginning in the Club and continuing through the state, regional and national levels, Boys & Girls Club youth are honored each year for their efforts in making their Clubs and communities more positive places for everyone. Each regional winner receives a total of $11,000 in college scholarships from the recognition program’s national sponsor, Tupperware Brands Corporation. The national winner receives an additional $50,000 college scholarship from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation.
As representative and spokesperson for nearly 4 million youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide, the National Youth of the Year serves a one-year term traveling across the country to address various groups on important youth issues and the role Boys & Girls Clubs play in changing young lives.
As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by encouraging them to do well in school, lead healthy lifestyles and contribute to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.
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