Meriden Teen Selected As It’s Outstanding ‘Youth Of The Year’ 

Meriden Teen Selected As It’s Outstanding ‘Youth Of The Year’ 

Xavier Arocho to Vie for State Title and Scholarship

Selected among outstanding youth, Xavier has been named the Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of Meriden. 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. Now in its 72nd year, the Youth of the Year 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. Xavier will go on to contend for the  ConnecticutYouth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

“Xavier’s growth as a young person over the last few years is extraordinary. That growth is testimony to the impact our Club can have on great young people who respond to the efforts of caring staff and mentors. Xavier has made great strides to becoming both a wonderful person and a committed citizen” said Executive Director Lawrence McGoldrick. 

Xavier's experience here at the Club has been transformative. He came to us a few years ago with a bit of an attitude. Now, he’s almost always smiling, and always eager to help. He’s also finding school a little easier, and he says that’s because of us and the help we’ve given him with his homework. Our nightly supper and character initiative the “Food for Thought” Dinner Hour, benefits from his consistent presence, where he assists in serving and preparing meals as well as being an ambassador for visitors and guests. He’s always willing to help out with the younger kids, too, and seems to have learned our “guidance driven” approach when dealing with other young people, giving advice, helping them understand how to make a good choice.

When it comes to sports, Xavier might not be the biggest person on the court or on the field, but he'll always be the scrappiest! If Xavier wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of NortheastRegion Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. in September 2019, to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000.

The Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by The Walt Disney Company, who has supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America 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 the national Youth of the Year program.

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit


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