Competing against nine other Boys & Girls Club members from across Colorado, 17-year-old Malachi H. has been selected as the 2018 Boys & Girls Clubs Colorado State Youth of the Year, the most prestigious leadership title a Boys & Girls Club member can earn. A member at the Boettcher Boys & Girls Club in Aurora for 11 years, Malachi has demonstrated leadership and responsibility in all areas of life.
“Malachi’s strong character, leadership and determination to succeed were key factors in his selection as Youth of the Year,” said CEO Erin Porteous. “We are exceptionally proud to have him represent Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and the state of Colorado.”
The national Youth of the Year program, established by Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1947, recognizes Club members who, with the help of their Boys & Girls Club, have met personal challenges head-on and, despite the odds, have given back to their Club and community. Honorees are selected based on year-long efforts in the areas of leadership, academic achievement, and community service.
Malachi was first selected as the city winner from a dozen candidates, each of which was first named Youth of the Year at their local Club. He then represented metro Denver at the state competition hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs Colorado Alliance, which represents 17 Boys & Girls Clubs affiliated organizations across the state. As the state Youth of the Year winner, he will now represent Colorado at the upcoming Southwest regional competition. Winners from the regional competition advance to the national competition held in the fall in Washington D.C. In addition, Malachi will receive scholarships to help with his post-secondary education.
Currently a senior in the International Baccalaureate program at George Washington High School in Denver, Malachi is on track to graduate and plans to attend college where he will study kinesiology and sports science. He has been on the honor roll every year since sixth grade and currently maintains a 3.76 GPA. He spends time each week tutoring underclassmen at school and leads a weekly reading program at the Club. He is also the peer leader for the Club’s Play60 fitness program and coaches basketball.
“Boys & Girls Club has taught me many valuable lessons that I will use for the rest of my life. It has taught me to give my all in everything that I do,” said Malachi. “I thank the Boys & Girls Club for allowing me to spend my time inside the Club, becoming a better person rather than taking my chances with all the risks that an unsupervised life brings. Boys & Girls Club has saved my life in that sense.”
Malachi will be honored at the May 19th Boys & Girls Clubs Gala presented by RBC Wealth Management. The Boys & Girls Clubs Gala brings together nearly 1,000 of Denver’s most influential professionals to celebrate the year’s most outstanding Club members. The evening, which includes a cocktail reception, auction and dinner, culminates in the celebration of the 2018 Youth of the Year. Learn more about the Gala »