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Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence

Every other year, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County presents the Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence to a St. Joseph County nonprofit organization that demonstrates superior leadership, management, and programming.


Indiana Area Council Liaison of the Year

Jeremy Lugbill was awarded the Indiana Area Council Liaison of the Year award at the 2024 Area Council Awards Celebration. Jeremy is the advocacy chair on the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County, as well as the Superintendent for the Career Academy Network of Public Schools, one of our programming school districts. Thank you, Jeremy, for your dedication and leadership. 

Hall of Fame Induction

Tim Leman joined the Indiana Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame after an exceptional run as a board member starting in 2009. Tim's remarkable leadership, innovative thinking, and unwavering dedication have been instrumental in shaping the success and resilience of our organization, particularly during challenging times.


Most Valuable Program

Most Valuable Program was awarded to Lucinda Reese, the Makerspace/STEM Program Manager. Lucinda oversees the mobile maker-space RV as well as the Future Lab within the OC Carmichael Jr. Youth Center. Her dedication and knowledge has exceeded expectations and has taken this program to new heights.

Honor Award for
Program Excellence

The Honor Awards for Program Quality is BGCA's most coveted and prestigious program award. The award recognizes Clubs from throughout the Movement for their achievements in outstanding program development. Our Emotional Well-being Team, led by Dr. Erica Kelsey, has exceeded expectations and is setting the standard for trauma informed practices and youth well-being across the country.


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League of Eagles Gold Award

This award is granted to the top 10% of boards in the country for performing 95% or higher in the areas of engagement, leadership, advocacy, fundraising and community efforts. 

National Advocacy Award

This award was given to the Club with the highest level of advocacy engagement in the Midwest. They also announced we won this as the most impactful Club nationally as well.

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2022 Civic Visionary Award

For fifteen years, Jacqueline Kronk’s tenacious advocacy as a leader within our community-based organizations has made a difference for those in need. Now at the helm of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County, her ability to create innovative partnerships and her bold vision for the future continues to have a tangible and sustainable impact. 

BGCA Vision and Spirit Award

Presented annually to a Boys & Girls Clubs professional who has served in the Movement less than five years and who has provided impetus for the advancement of the Movement.

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Tom Burt Pacesetter Award

This award is presented annually to any non-CEO who has supervisory responsibilities and who motivates, guides and supports the professional and personal development of other professionals.

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