This report aims to examine which specific persons are considered to be aspirational role models by minors referred to youth educational centers and whether the role models vary among underage girls and underage boys. The research was quantitative in nature and participants were selected through purposeful random sampling. A total of 481 residents of youth educational centers were included in the study. The most important role models mentioned by the maladjusted youth in the study were placed in the following order: mother, grandmother, sister, brother, grandfather, father, friend, teacher, care/support worker, and priest. Data analysis performed with the use of the Mann-Whitney U test demonstrated that the preferred role models differ significantly (p <0.05) between boys and girls. Underage boys' role models more frequently included people from their inner family circle (mother, father, sister, brother, grandfather), their peer group (acquaintance, friend), as well as the school environment (priest). The comparison revealed no significant differences between boys and girls regarding the following role models: grandmother, teacher, and support/care worker. This means that these function as role models for both underage boys and girls to a similar extent.