Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

of the Year


It’s been an amazing journey for nine members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. With 19 Clubs throughout the city of Chicago, the nonprofit organization inspires our city’s youth to develop character, leadership, and a willingness to serve their Clubs and community. Every year, the individual Clubs nominate one exemplary member to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s Youth of the Year. The Youth of the Year Award is the organization’s highest local honor; rewarding leadership, service and academic standing. The competition gives us a rare glimpse into the lives of Chicago’s youth positively affected by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, and provides an opportunity to celebrate the success of its members, the efforts of its staff and volunteers, and the powerful impact of its programs.
The Youth of the Year Award competition includes several steps along the way, culminating in a public speech, which was held at a Navy Pier event. Those in attendance included Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Your work is really amazing!

What We Made

Sit down with any of the eight candidates who are competing for Youth of the Year and you’ll quickly learn about the inspiration and hope the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) creates. BGCC has clubs in many of Chicago’s roughest communities and provides after school activities for the city’s youth. The purpose of the video was to show attendees what the nominees face in their individual neighborhoods, what they did to prepare for the speech, and how the Clubs impact their lives..

How We Did It

Our crew filmed at three of their clubs and interviewed those club’s candidates. We also filmed two preparation meetings, a final dress rehearsal, and multiple interviews with the remaining candidates and some of the staff. In all, it was five days of field production.

How We Delivered It

After the event, we edited the highlight video online and delivered 100 DVDs to donors; some of which had custom thank you’s from each of the candidates.
Our services also included a local TV news station b-roll drop for Chicago newscasts. When the video played at the Navy Pier event to over 1,000 people, it received a huge round of applause (and even some tears).

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago