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The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland will hold its annual Youth of the Year celebration today at Clyde Iron Works Event Center.

Judges will select one Youth of the Year winner after interviewing all candidates. The winner will participate in a state competition and a chance to compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the president of the United States.

Community leaders serving as judges for the Youth of the Year competition include Tiffany Hughes of A & L Properties, Matt Gunn of Cenovus Energy and Kaitlin Zenner of WDIO TV.  

Established in 1947, the event promotes service to the club, community and family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals, and the public speaking abilities of the Boys & Girls Clubs members ages 14-18.

Since 1971, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland ( has been in the forefront of youth development in Duluth and the surrounding area. The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs is to empower and inspire all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens.