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Meet Clodagh Ryan, a 2020 Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield Youth of the Year Candidate!

Meet 2020 Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield Youth of the Year Candidate, Clodagh Ryan

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield will host it’s annual Youth Leadership Dinner, a night to celebrate the Club and the youth that make it the special place that it is!

The dinner will honor the Club’s Character and Leadership Program members in Gem Club (for 5th-grade members), Torch Club (for middle school members) and Keystone Club (for high school members) and individually recognize members for their commitment and achievements. The dinner will also highlight 17 Youth of the Year Candidates, and attendees will have the opportunity to hear from 12 Upperclassman Candidates, as they will each spend a few minutes sharing their personal Club stories throughout the evening. The dinner will conclude with crowning the 2020 Youth of the Year, the Club’s biggest annual award.

A committee of local community leaders will interview all of the candidates and work with the professional staff to select the Youth of the Year. This year’s judges for the Upperclassman Candidates are Nicholas Donofrio, Community Leader/Former Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology at IBM; Rob Ellis, Managing Partner of Ridgefield Capital Asset Management; Will Haskell, State Senator, Connecticut’s 26th District; Rudy Marconi, Ridgefield First Selectman; Daniela Sikora, Artistic Director for The Ridgefield Chorale. Judges for the Sophomore Candidates are Kerry Anne Ducey, Founder and Editor of HamletHub; Kathy Graham, Branch Manager of Fairfield County Bank and Jeff Kreitz, Chief, Ridgefield Police Department

The Youth of the Year winner and the top two runners-up will receive college scholarships from the Couri Scholarship Fund.

“The Youth of the Year program encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities,” said Mike Flynn, Executive Director at the Boys & Girls Club.

Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that GREAT FUTURES start at the Club, and the Club is excited to honor all of the candidates, and their Character & Leadership program members at the dinner. All Club friends, supporters, donors and Club families are invited to attend the Youth Leadership Dinner on Thursday March 12, 2020 at the Ethan Allen Hotel from 7pm to 9:30pm. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Mike Flynn, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 203-438-8821 ext. 15.

Good luck to Clodagh, and be sure to check back tomorrow to meet another amazing candidate!

About the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield

The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield is a fully dedicated youth development facility. The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield is to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as caring, productive, and responsible citizens. The Ridgefield Club has been serving the community since 1936.

Each day at the Club we provide youth development programming in five core areas: Sports, Fitness & Recreation, the Arts, Education & Career Preparation, Health & Life Skills, and Character & Leadership Development. Members of the Club participate in activities in our five core areas that encourage increased learning, improved fitness, positive decision making, creativity, leadership, and community service. As part of the National Boys & Girls Club movement, we are able to utilize high quality programs grounded in years of research. Programming activities are scheduled each day and are free to all Club members.

About the Youth of the Year Program

Founded more than seventy years ago in 1947 as Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club. 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.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,400 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA- affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at on Facebook and Twitter.

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