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 19-23, 2021

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. This year, as a precaution due to unprecedented health and safety concerns in the U.S., there will be no physical presentations in communities for BYBS week. Instead, we encourage all of our programs to spread the message of BYBS online and through social media.

Distinguished Outreach Award

For the eighth 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) and who will graduate from high school in 2021.

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

Click HERE to access the 2021 BYBS Participant Handbook.

*This handbook has been updated to reflect changes to the Distinguished Outreach and Be Your Best Self Satellite award submissions.

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