Youth of the Year

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional young person from a Boys & Girls Club rises to the role of National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.



Jamera Turner is a 4-year member at the Brooklyn O’Malley Boys & Girls Club. Prior to the Brooklyn O’Malley Club, she moved out of the Brooklyn neighborhood for a few years. During her 7th grade year, she returned to the area and discovered Boys & Girls Club. During her time at the Club, she has taken advantage of all that it has to offer. Jamera is active as a Junior Staff helping out with anything that is needed. She plays a major role in ensuring that members are having the same experience that she has had.

Jamera is a sophomore at Benjamin Franklin High School and has her mind set on attending college after she graduates. Her vision is to have all young people go through leadership development. Her model is that “It is always best to be a leader and not a follower”. She represented BGCMB as the youth leader during the 2018 Maryland State Youth of the Year Competition.