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National Youth of the Year

Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports.

Becoming National Youth of the Year is an exciting and inspiring journey. Each year, thousands of Club teens participate in local, state and regional Youth of the Year events. Six teens, including five regional winners and a national military youth winner, advance to Washington, D.C., for the National Youth of the Year Gala & Celebration Dinner, where one outstanding young person is named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national teen spokesperson. The National Youth of the Year is a role model, leader and advocate for the nearly 4 million youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs each year, and all of America’s young people.

This year we’re proud to announce that 4.0 Hillhouse High School student, Keystone President and 11 year Club member, Jesse Campbell has been selected as the as the Youth of the Year for New Haven! He’ll go on to compete against other Youth of the Year members across the state and hopefully the Country! Congratulations Jesse!!!


The BGCNH Basketball program made the front page of The New Haven Register!

“Boys & Girls Club of New Haven produces basketball players of character” – view the full article here





Boys & Girls Club of New Haven’s Computer Science Education Program Prepares Youth for Post Secondary Education and 21st Century Careers 

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CS Pathway program in partnership with Microsoft designed to help all underserved youth learn vital computer science skills

New Haven, December, 2017– Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is helping area youth learn critical thinking, problem-solving, and coding through the new Computer Science (CS) Pathway program, thanks to a $3 million partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Microsoft. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Microsoft developed the CS Pathway to prepare the next generation of students with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. The program puts a special emphasis on helping a larger number of underserved youth learn and apply computer science skills throughout their education so that they will be prepared to succeed in an increasingly technology driven economy. The pathway structure empowers young people to find programs that best meet their needs. For Club members who already have some coding proficiency through the Hour of Code or other school programs, the CS Pathway provides additional options to take them further and build on that interest. Boys & Girls Club of New Haven and thirty-one Boys & Girls Clubs across the country will offer four levels of fun and engaging CS curriculum. Pathway delivery and acquired skills build on one another to encourage members to develop passion and proficiencies in coding, over time and at any level.

Based on projections from The Bureau of Labor Statistics, by the year 2020 there will be one million unfilled jobs for computer scientists and programmers, yet many children today still lack access to the tools and resources they need to learn and love computer science. According to, people with a Computer Science degree are expected to earn some of the highest starting salaries of any field of study. “Thanks to CS Pathway, we will be able to help our Club members interact with code and other computer science skills by channeling their personal interests and providing a long-term path to develop programming capabilities over time.”

“Jobs increasingly require critical and computational thinking skills, yet only 25% of high schools in the United States offer computer science,” said Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and head of Microsoft Philanthropies. “The Computer Science Pathway is an after-school program that will empower young people from all backgrounds to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, both in technology and otherwise.”

According to, STEM jobs in the U.S. are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as other fields by 2018. By 2020, one million jobs will likely go unfilled due to a lack of computer science skills. The CS Pathway curriculum taps into engaging content like gaming and app development to introduce more underrepresented youth, of all ages, to computer science skills.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America serves nearly four million youth through Club membership and community outreach annually. CS Pathway is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s strategy aimed at ensuring all members graduate from high school on time, are ready for a post-secondary education, and a 21st century career.


Chantel Gray

Director of Programs & Family Services

Boys & Girls Club of New Haven

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Z’hane Ellison set to receive college scholarship and vie for regional title this summer

New Haven, Connecticut April 28, 2017 – Selected among five other outstanding youth, Z’hane has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Club of New Haven for second timeThe 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 70th 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. Z’hane will go on to vie for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

“I am honored to be selected again to serve as Youth of the Year for my Club.   I am looking forward to being a voice for my peers.”  Z’hane Ellison.   “The Youth of the Year candidates make me incredibly proud each year.  I know their stories and how much each of them has overcome to reach their goals.  It also highlights the impact of our work with youth and their families.  The parents and staff are beaming with pride each year.  These young people truly inspire all of us.”  Stephanie Barnes, CEO.

Z’hane has been a Club member at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven for over three years.  Though she started off as a shy and reserved young lady, Z’hane has matured into a confident young woman.  “My experience at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven continues to help my sisters and I grow and improve our leadership skills.”  Z’hane comes to the Club each day to mentor the younger members. She enjoys facilitating the Fashion Club, a fashion design workshop for Club members she created.  Z’hane is a committed member of the Keystone Club, which is a leadership program for teens which provides opportunities to participate in activities that focus on Academic Success, Career Preparation and Community Service.  Z’hane is a senior at Sound School in New Haven, where she continues to receive high honors.  She was recently accepted to several colleges and has decided to attend the University of New Haven in the Fall of 2017 to major in their Biology and Pre-Med program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported the youth advocacy organization for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is dedicated to inspiring the next generations of engineers, thinkers and leaders who will help drive the American economy. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a committed partner who has worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on many Academic Success initiatives, and the Taco Bell Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier partner for teen empowerment.

If Z’hane Ellison wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Northeast Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. in September 2017, to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit

About The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is to “Inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” Its goal is to provide children and teens with a safe positive fun place to learn and grow. It seeks this goal and fulfills its mission through delivery of five major programs: After School, Summer Vacation Camp, The Club for Teens, Weekend Kids Club, and competitive Sports programs.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at and


New Haven Register- City Teen Named Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of New Haven


Celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week!

National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 27-31, 2017, is not only a fun week for Club members and staff, it’s also an important time for all Clubs to share with our community how we are advocating for New Haven’s youth.

Open The Door. Take The Tour.

Social Media Postings Below:

Take The Tour Date

SMART Girls/ SMART Moves Fitness Activities

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