Selected among thousands of outstanding youth in Arkansas, Jaylen Randolph has been named the Arkansas Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

Selected among thousands of outstanding youth in Arkansas, Jaylen Randolph has been named the Arkansas Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

The program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. As the Arkansas Youth of the Year, Jaylen will serve as an ambassador for all teens in the state, will receive a $5,000 college scholarship from B&GCA, and will go on to compete in the regional Youth of the Year, ultimately vying for the national title.

“Jaylen and all Youth of the Year nominees are living proof that Boys & Girls Clubs across the country are fulfilling our mission of inspiring and enabling young people to achieve great futures,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of B&GCA.  “Being named Youth of the Year is a lifelong honor. As the Arkansas Youth of the Year, Jaylen will serve as a spokesperson for our young people, sharing his inspiring story and leading the way to transform communities for the better.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported BGCA for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota is the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year. University of Phoenix and the Taco Bell Foundation provide additional support.

This summer, Jaylen will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members within the Southwest Region. If named regional winner, he will be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youths, including five regional winners and a military youth winner, will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2016, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year.

The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable for four years up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States at the White House.