Be Your Best Self

The Be Your Best Self program allows Distinguished Young Women participants to reach out and encourage young people nationwide to make a commitment to being their best selves in areas such as: academics, physical fitness, morality, character, and social and civic participation. Embracing the BYBS message empowers young people with valuable tools to face the challenges of negative peer pressure. Drawing on their own personal experiences, Distinguished Young Women program participants deliver helpful messages emphasizing the importance of setting goals and striving to reach them.

5 Elements of the Be Your Best Self Program

  • Be Healthy – Be physically fit and drug free.
  • Be Involved – Serve your community.
  • Be Studious – Stay in school.
  • Be Ambitious – Set and achieve goals.
  • Be Responsible – Live by moral and ethical principles.

National BYBS Week – April 22-26, 2019

Distinguished Young Women is excited to present the ninth annual National Be Your Best Self Week, a nationwide outreach effort by program participants to spread the Be Your Best Self message to as many young people as possible during one week each year. Distinguished Young Women participants at all levels (local, state and national) will visit groups of children in their communities to share the Be Your Best Self program and encourage young people to commit to being their best selves by signing Be Your Best Self pledge cards.

Distinguished Outreach Award

For the seventh year, Distinguished Young Women will be awarding a scholarship to one young woman who presented the Be Your Best Self program during National BYBS Week.

The competition for the Distinguished Outreach Award is open to any young woman who has participated in a Distinguished Young Women program at the local, at-large or state level (excludes state winners), who participates in National BYBS Week, and who will graduate from high school in 2019. Participants in 2020 programs may submit now to be considered during the 2020 year.

For more information on National BYBS Week, please contact or call 251-438-3621.

National Sponsors