Always BYBS.

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 and mental well-being, ethics, 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 Be Your Best Self

Be Healthy

Care for your physical and mental health.

Be Involved

Serve your community.

Be Studious

Stay in school and be a life long learner.

Be Ambitious

Set and achieve goals.

Be Responsible

Live by moral and ethical principles.

National BYBS Week

April 22-26, 2024

Distinguished Young Women is excited to present National Be Your Best Self Week, a nationwide outreach effort by program participants to spread the Be Your Best Self message. Members of the Class of 2024 at all three levels took the BYBS message into their communities to inspire youth to reach their full potential. Through presentations, both in-person and virtual, they shared their unique take on this positive message.

More information about 2024 BYBS Week and Awards to come, please check back soon!

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Distinguished Outreach Award

For the twelfth 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.

Application 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 2024.

Applications for this award are now open, please contact your local or state chair for more information.