Alicia Gettler, a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe/Del Norte and graduate of Monte Del Sol Charter School, was named the 2022 Southwest Region Youth of the Year on June 10 in Dallas, Texas. Alicia will represent the Southwest Region at the National Boys and Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year competition on October 13 in Los Angeles. In Dallas, Alicia represented all New Mexico Boys and Girls Clubs and competed against seven other club members from Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, and Montana.
Each year, one exceptional club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys and Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys and Girls Club mission and are proof of the impact that the clubs make in transforming and saving kids lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business, and sports.
Becoming National Youth of the Year is an exciting and inspiring journey. Each year, thousands of club teens participate in local, state, and regional Youth of the Year events. Six teens, including five regional winners and a national military youth winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year Celebration, where one outstanding young person is named Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s national teen spokesperson. The National Youth of the Year is a role model, leader, and advocate for over 4.6 million youth served by Boys and Girls Clubs each year, and all of America’s young people.
Congratulations Alicia, and thank you for representing Northern New Mexico.