Steven Zbignewich, a sophomore at Westminster High School, has been named the Maryland Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is the first teen from the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster to receive the State Title.
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 73rd year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures.
As the Maryland Youth of the Year, Zbignewich will serve as an ambassador for all teens in the state, will receive a $2,500 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and will go on to contend for the regional Youth of the Year and ultimately the national title.
Zbignewich plans to attend the Carroll County Career and Technology Center next year to study Automotive Technology. He focuses his community service efforts on supporting youth programs and raising money for the Carroll County Humane Society to promote animal adoption.
As a long-time member of the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, Zbignewich is actively involved in numerous health, wellness, and leadership activities. He currently serves as the Club's Sports & Recreation Intern and participates in the Leaders in Training/Junior Staff program. As a Junior Leader, he mentors younger club members and helps plan events. He also participates in BGC's Strength & Conditioning program, trains with the Run Team, and was a member of the Club's first Robotics team.
“We are incredibly proud of Steven and all the Youth of the Year nominees,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Being named Youth of the Year is a lifelong honor. As the Maryland Youth of the Year, Steven will serve as a spokesperson for Boys & Girls Club kids across the state who need more role models that they can admire and emulate.”
Founded in 1947 as Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club. The Youth of the Year program is supported by Toyota. As a Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, Toyota is committed to partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to ensure local Clubs provide life-enhancing opportunities for kids and teens to explore, develop, and apply the essential skills they need to be successful in life and work. Youth of the Year representatives are the workforce leaders, innovators and problem-solvers of tomorrow.
This fall, Zbignewich will join other state winners to vie for the Northeast regional title. If named the regional winner, he will be awarded an additional $20,000 college scholarship. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military youth winner, will advance to Washington, D.C. in October 2020, 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 $50,000.
For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.youthoftheyear.org.
About Boys & Girls Club of Westminster
In almost every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship during the critical after-school hours. To help meet the needs of these youth and their families, the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster provides healthy, supervised after-school programs. We serve over 570 of Carroll County's youth annually by providing a safe place to learn and grow, and develop ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals. Our programs function as life-enhancing experiences that lead to hope, opportunity, and, most importantly, fun! Learn more at bgcwestminster.org.