Youth of the Year Program

Youth of the Year

Our 2022 Youth of the Year 

John Ramos

John has been a Club member for over 7 years. He has served as a volunteer soccer coach in our youth and adult leagues. He is the captain of his varsity soccer team, a volunteer at Arm & Arm, and plans to major in biology in college and become a physician.

He will now represent BGC Mercer in the statewide Youth of the Year competition.


About the Youth of the Year Program

Youth of the Year (YOY) is a mentoring program through which BGC members are paired with volunteer mentors.   YOY helps high school students improve their public speaking and writing skills.   Each mentor works with their mentee on completing three essays and one (2) minute speech.  The program concludes with our Youth of the Year Celebration, in which students complete to become BGC Mercer's Youth of the Year.  Our winner then goes on to reprsent our Club in a state competition. Youth of the Year candidates are eligible for various scholarships awarded by BGC Mercer to use toward college.  

Typically students commit one day per week to meet/communicate with their mentor about the competition for the time period of October-February.  Contact Matthew Francis for more info or to register at 609-695-6060 x 223,


Click on the buttons below for information sheets or high school students and volunteer mentors interested in the youth of the year mentoring program.




Click the buttons below to download information sheets with details for high school students or volunteer mentors.


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