Kismet Okyere Named State Youth of the Year


The Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville is proud to announce that Kismet Okyere was selected as the Oklahoma Youth of the Year.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year competition took place in Oklahoma City on April 4 through 5. Kismet competed against Club members from across the state. The competition consisted of written essays, an interview with a panel of judges, and giving her speech in front of Boys & Girls Clubs leaders, Oklahoma legislatures, and other Club supporters. She was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Disney.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community, and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles.

Kismet has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville since she was six years old. She recalls the Boys & Girls Club staff made her feel as if her little kid problems mattered. As she grew up, the little kid problems grew into big kid problems, but the Club and her family continued to provide the support she needed. “I owe a lot of the maturity I have now to the role the Boys & Girls Club played in those formative years,” she said. Kismet will graduate from Bartlesville High School on time with a plan for her future. “I don’t know exactly where Kismet will be or what she will be doing ten years from now, but whatever it is, I have no doubt she will be successful,” Jason Barta, Chief Executive Officer, said.

Kismet currently serves as a Junior Staff employee at the Club.  “It is important to me that every child that comes through those blue doors has the same chance to succeed that I have,” she said. Kismet works hard to live up to the three core values of the Boys & Girls Club – academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character and leadership. She takes her academic career very seriously and is a member of the National Honors Society. Through involvement with Club programs like S.M.A.R.T. Girls, Kismet has developed skills for making healthy choices and building positive relationships. She demonstrates good character and leadership by serving as a role model for all younger members. Furthermore, she actively gives back to her Club and her community.

“Kismet represents everything we strive for with all of our Club members. If she is a glimpse of our next generation of leaders then the future of our community is very bright,” Barta said.

Kismet will now have the opportunity to represent Oklahoma at the Southwest Regional Youth of the Year competition in Dallas, with a chance to receive more scholarship monies and compete for the National Youth of the Year title. “We are so proud of Kismet! Over the last four years, our Boys & Girls Club has been blessed to have two members awarded the tile of Oklahoma Youth of the Year. This is such an honor and testament to the great work that is being done inside our Club. Our members are given the support and guidance needed to reach their full potential,” Board President Kelli Barham said.

The Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville’s mission is to enable our young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential. At the Club, youth discover their talents, develop their character, and have fun. Over 1,000 young people were served last year, with an average of 200 attending the Club each day. Thanks to community support, the Boys & Girls Club is accessible to all youth for just $25 in membership dues per year.