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South Dakota Teen Competes for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Midwest Region Youth of the Year Honor & Scholarship

Tanner Jackson vies for regional title in Chicago, Ill.

Chicago, Illinois, July 27, 2011 – Tanner Jackson from Wagner, the 2011 South Dakota Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), was among twelve teens competing to represent the Midwest Region in the Youth of the Year regional competition. Jackson and his fellow Youth of the Year candidates were honored at a reception held in Chicago, Ill. at World of Whirlpool. These twelve outstanding young people were treated to a three-day experience in Chicago which included a community service project with The Catholic Charities of Chicago and a total of $400 in gift cards from jcpenney.

Boys & 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, founded in 1947, 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.

Though Jackson was not selected to represent BGCA’s Midwest Region at the national competition in September, he remained positive, saying "I enjoyed meeting many new people and many new doors were opened.”

Jackson has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of the Missouri River Area for eight years. He has provided over 900 hours of service to the club. Jackson plans to attend the University of South Dakota in the fall to attain a degree in Math Education.

Yolandis McCaskill, a five-year member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, was named the 2011-12 Midwest Region Youth of the Year. As the Midwest Region Youth of the Year, McCaskill receives a total of $11,000 in college scholarships from the Youth of the Year program’s sponsor Tupperware Brands Corporation and an additional $500 jcpenney gift card to help prepare her wardrobe for the National Youth of the Year competition in Washington, D.C. in September. While competing for the national title, McCaskill and four other regional winners will also have a chance to meet with President Barack H. Obama in the White House Oval Office. The 2011-12 National Youth of the Year will receive an additional $50,000 scholarship from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has changed and saved lives, enabling young people to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in neighborhoods throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing a wide variety of youth development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key 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.