The Eagles Cheerleaders from the Boys and Girls Clubs cheered guests into the 2016 Great Futures Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown. There were eleven finalists for Youth of the Year. These are members 14-18 who dream big and demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills, and service to the community. Guests met with the finalists outside the ballroom while being served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. They then entered the ballroom and after a welcome and dinner, the Youth of the Year Award was presented. This year's winner was JaLisa Wines, a senior at Confluence Preparatory Academy. She plans to attend Truman State University to become an accountant. Serving more than 6,500 kids, at more than six locations including several schools, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis provides after-school, teen, sports and summer programs to youth in the St. Louis area.