February has been a busy month for the Boys Club of Sioux City! Here’s what we’ve been up to this month.

Youth of the Year candidates Edited

Congratulations to Koryatt Woodruff for Being Selected As Boys Club of Sioux City’s Youth of the Year!

Since 1947, Youth of the Year (YOY) has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional Club member is se­lected to be the 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.

YOY participants embody the values of leadership, service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles, and they exemplify the critical impact of Boys & Girls Clubs on the lives of young people. Being named National YOY is the highest honor bestowed upon Club members, and the person selected uses the title to serve, model, educate millions of Americans about the power of the Club Experience, as well as to elevate the key issues facing children and teenagers. The National YOY must be savvy, purpose-driven and aware of the challenges facing young people today.

Locally, the competition was open to any Club members 14 years or older who have been a BGCA Club member for two years or more. We had three finalists this year – Tyrek Young, Ernesto Hernandez and Koryatt Woodruff. To encourage our younger, middle school members in the process, we also had a junior YOY competition, open to middle school Club members, and our candidates were Desmond Grace, Jody Loyd and Terrence Plummer.

Our YOY event began with the candidates for both categories giving a speech about themselves and their Club experience. They were then interviewed by the judges and later participated in a special tour of city hall with the mayor. The day concluded with laser tag, frozen yogurt, and a trip around town in a special Hummer limousine. The awards dinner that evening featured Sheriff Dave Drew as the keynote speaker, and Board President Jim Palmer presented Koryatt Woodruff with the senior Youth of the Year award.

A special thanks to John Olson, Sheriff Drew and Mrs. Sandy Ellis, who volunteered their time and talents as our Youth of the Year judges.


Boys Club of Sioux City to Become Boys & Girls Clubs of Siouxland!

After our nearly 80 year history, Boys Club of Sioux City will become Boys & Girls Clubs of Siouxland. Girls can start joining the club with the start of the summer program on June 6th. Read more about it here!



Congrats to our Undefeated 5th & 6th Grade Basketball Team!  

Our 5th and 6th Grade basketball team wraps up an amazing season at the end of the month with the Dakota Valley Tournament on February 27th. Cheer on our undefeated Boys Club of Sioux City team! They play at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. at the Dakota Valley Middle School.  Win or lose, we’re very proud of our boys!

Don’t underestimate the power of the Force: Jedi Training Camp on March 24/25!

Calling all padawans! We are offering a FREE two-day Jedi Training Camp on March 24th and 25th from 11am to 3:30pm (don’t worry, we’ll break for lunch—even Jedi’s need to eat). Training includes studying the Jedi creed, Force-guided meditation practice, building a droid or robot, surviving the Dark side challenge, and creating a personal light saber.

Is the Force is strong with your child? Sign up on March 17th to register (it’s required, so don’t forget!).

The Torch Club brings out the brains: Brain Carnivals on March 18th and April 7th.

Why is the brain important? How can you keep it healthy? Which parts of the brain control happiness and your love of bacon? Learn all of these things and more when the Torch Club hosts two Brain Carnivals on March 18th and April 7th.

Brain Carnivals begin with a group discussion of the brain and its many functions and mysteries, as well as how the brain affects our lives and how our choices affect our brain. We’ll touch on mental illness and disease as well as how making healthy choices give our brain the power to work to its potential. And then, it’s all fun and games from there, including brain challenges, games, learning stations, and the opportunity to view and dissect a sheep’s brain.

All participants who complete their carnival punch card receive prizes provided by the DANA Foundation, an organization that supports brain health awareness.

Who’s ready to go swimming?

Thursday swimming is back and making a splash! Join in the fun for this much-loved event. If you want your child to participate in this FREE weekly field trip, please make sure you sign up in advance. The size of the class is limited to 12, and kids must arrive with their gear (swim trunks, towel, etc.) on that day in order to go. We can’t go if we don’t have enough people signed up and ready, so be both!

We couldn’t do any of this without you!

The events in this blog mean everything to our members and our staff of volunteers. Thank you for all you do for our children, and for seeing the opportunity and fun in paying it forward.

Learn more about how you can volunteer, fill a wish list item, or donate.


More pictures from our YOY Event below!