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May, 2018

Ian Benott - 2018 Youth of the Year

Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires has named Ian Benoit as the 2018 Youth of the Year in recognition of outstanding leadership achievement. Selected among several outstanding youth, Ian earned the title of Youth of the Year by developing relationships with youth members and serving as a mentor, with his outstanding achievements in sports, academics and through his participation in the 1Berkshire Community Leadership group.  

Ian is the son of Lisa Benoit of Pittsfield. He is a junior at Pittsfield High School where he plays football, baseball, and is a member of the alpine ski team. Ian has been a member of the Club for the last 14 years.  His tenure began with his attendance in our Children Center Pre-school.  He has grown up in the Club participating in our basketball, summer camp, keystone club, and other such programs. In addition to Ian’s participation as a Club member, he has taken on a part-time staff role, working in our big gym, small gym, and sometimes game room. His involvement in sports and the 1Berkshire Leadership Program, as well as in the club, shows our younger members what a well-rounded youth leader looks like. Ian looks forward to continuing to be a role model in his service as Youth of the Year. 

Boys & Girls Club of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, a supporting organization 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, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is committed to helping improve the quality of life in our communities and has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring youth have access to a quality education. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a national education partner that has joined with BGCA to impact academic success among youth across the country, and the Taco Bell Foundation, BGCA’s premier partner for teen empowerment.  

For more information of BGCA’s Youth of the Year program, visit  
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