Youth of the Year

Courage Through Perseverance


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.

We shared the video with the team today, and feedback was incredible. One of our club directors told me it is the best video he’s seen produced for the event. Others said it gave them chills.

What We Made

Each of the candidates wrote three essays about their life and their club experiences. We took various sentences from those essays and combined them into a story about courage and perseverance, which was the event's theme..

How We Did It

Over the course of two days, our small crew included a Director of Photography, Grip, Aerial Drone Operator, and Aerial Videographer. Equipment included our Sony A7Sii High Definition camera filming at 120 fps and the Ronin M 3-axis gimbal. Post production included non-linear editing in Premiere Pro, music selection, color grading, and sound design.

How We Delivered It

The video was shown to a live audience of nearly 1,000 people at Navy Pier in Chicago. The nonprofit raised a record $250,000 at the event. After the event, the video was distributed online through social media where it received 2,000 views in less than 24 hours.

Youth of the Year