2016 NJ State and Military Youth of the Year Winners

On June 8, 2016, over 200 guests gathered at Stockton University for the 2016 New Jersey State Youth of the Year Celebration. The 18 honored youth received $60,000 in scholarships and the evening culminated with the announcement of the 2016 NJ State and Military Youth of the Year winners. The two winners were Alexia L. and Arianna S.

Alexia L. – Boys & Girls Club of Vineland

Alexia is a senior at Oakcrest High School where she is Captain of the dance team. She has been a Club member for 3 years. Alexia is the President of the Keystone Club, creator of You Can Too! and a participant in Career Launch, Youth for Change and Smart Girls. Her community service activities include 21 Down Buddy walk to bring awareness to children with Down syndrome. Alexia plans to major in political science.

“Discovering the potential within myself and learning the steps I needed to take to apply it to my interests and passions would not have happened without my involvement in the Boys & Girls Club.”  – Alexia Lewis

Career Aspiration: Lawyer


Arianna S. – Fort Dix Youth Program

Arianna is a freshman at Northern Burlington County Regional High School where she participates in Spring Track and freshman girls basketball. She has been a Club member for 3 years. She is an active member of Career Launch, Keystone Club and Money Matters programs. Her community service activities include World Wide Day of Play, Chalk the Walk and Black History Month celebration. Arianna plans to attend the Air Force Academy.

“My Club taught me that a little bit of fear is NOT a sign ofweakness! It is a tool that can be used to help me not tobecome too comfortable with my life as a military teen. The fear of not knowing how all the details of my dad’s deployment is turned into reassurance of knowing that he is serving our country willingly and giving 100% of himself. As the 2016 NJ Military Youth of the Year, I am not afraid to give 100% as the Ambassador for our military youths.” – Arianna Skinner

Career Aspiration: Fighter Pilot or Intelligence Officer

Meet all 18 of our 2016 Youth of the Year Finalists