2019 New Jersey State Youth of the Year

On June 5th, over 300 guests gathered at Montclair State University for the 2019 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 2019 NJ State and Military Youth of the Year winners.

2019 New Jersey
State Youth of the Year

Nzingha R. - YotY 2019

Nzingha R.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County



Nzingha is a 10th grader at Woodbury Sr High School where she maintains a 4.2 GPA. She has been honored with the Military Medal for Resilence and acts as a Student Representative on the Board of Education. She is a member of the drama club and varsity basketball team. At the Club, she participated in Keystone Club and Torch Club. As part of the Healthy Habits program, she developed Nzingha’s Cooking Show to promote healthy eating habits amongst her fellow Club members. Nzingha’s career aspirations are to become an attorney and a Supreme Court Justice.


““The Boys & Girls Club has taught me to reach for the stars and don’t stop reaching until you have one.”
– Nzingha R.


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We would like to thank our sponsors:

Character Sponsors: Columbia Bank Foundation, Comcast, Novartis Pharmaceutical Company, Quest Diagnostics, & Wakefern Food Corporation 

Hope Sponsors: ADP; BRAM Auto Group; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Kohl’s; Joan, Carl, Craig and Aaron Standish; PNC Bank; PSEG; Sobel Family Foundation; Souder, Shabazz, Woolridge Law Group; Sudler Foundation, & Zoetis

 Opportunity Sponsors: Montclair State University, New York Football Giants, Nicholas Martini Foundation, PMC Associates, Rosica Communications, RWJBarnabas Health, & Wells Fargo.