• Samantha Leger

Exceptional Teen Named Boys & Girls Clubs Louisiana Youth of the Year


McKinsey Nicholas has been named the Louisiana Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America over three outstanding youth. Now in its 75th year, the Youth of the Year program, Boys & Girls Clubs most prestigious honor, recognizes our nation’s most awe-inspiring youth on their path to great futures for their leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. In additional to receiving a $2,500 college scholarship, McKinsey will serve as an ambassador for all teens in the state and will go on to contend for the regional Youth of the Year in Atlanta this June.


McKinsey, a member of the Vermilion Club, is a 2022 graduate of Abbeville High School. He plans on attending Louisiana Tech majoring in Business. Throughout high school, he was a profound athlete, excelling in football, basketball, and track, even serving as Captain for the football and basketball team. Beloved as a student and friend, McKinsey was also crowned the 2021 Homecoming King of Abbeville High School. McKinsey enjoys sharing his love of sports with the club members, as well as served as a leader and officer of the Keystone Club which offers academic help, career preparation, and community service. McKinsey’s drive and dedication is what helped him achieve this high honor. He shares, “this is an exciting experience and a privilege to represent my Boys & Girls Club Organization and the teens from around the state of Louisiana.”


Brian Ford, Director of the Vermilion Club, and a 20-year veteran of the Boys & Girls Club Organization, is a committed mentor to all the members at the Club. He aided McKinsey in preparing for both the local and regional competitions for Youth of the Year. “My goal through the Youth of the Year process is to help McKinsey grow as a person. I am proud of the work he has put in and the progress he has made in his overall self-confidence and public speaking. I want him to relax and enjoy this opportunity he has earned and am excited to be a part of his journey,” said Mr. Ford.


“We are incredibly proud of McKinsey and all the Youth of the Year nominees,” said Jim Clark, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Being named Youth of the Year is a lifelong honor and accomplishment. As the Louisiana Youth of the Year, McKinsey will serve as a spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Club kids and teens 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 and Mondelez-International. As the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, Toyota is committed to partnering with Boys & Girls Club 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. As the Lead Sponsor of Youth of the Year, Mondelēz International, will engage with local Clubs year-round to help foster a new generation of leaders prepared to live in and lead a diverse global economy. Youth of the Year representatives are the workforce leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers of tomorrow.

This June, McKinsey will join other state winners to vie for the Southeast Regional Title. If named the regional winner, they will be awarded an additional $20,000 college scholarship. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military youth winner, will advance to the National Youth of the Year event in Los Angeles in September 2022, 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 and a brand-new Toyota Corolla.

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.youthoftheyear.org.


This year marks the 51st anniversary of Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana. Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana operates under a mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Serving 1,0006 children in seven different locations, Boys & Girls Clubs provide opportunities through school programs and summer camps with activities focusing on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles & Habits, and Good Character & Leadership.


If interested in supporting the Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcacadiana.com/donate or call 337-268-9555.

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