Youth of the Year celebrates the remarkable lives of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco members who have distinguished themselves by rising above challenging circumstances. Each Clubhouse, and Camp Mendocino, chose a teen as their Youth of the Year nominee based on their active involvement in their Clubhouse or Camp, service to their community, commitment to education and modeling of healthy behaviors for younger Club members.
The Citywide Youth of the Year is selected by an esteemed panel of judges at the conclusion of a four-month leadership development program for the nominees. The judging process includes evaluating the nominees’ academic performance, personal statements, twelve references, assessing public speaking skills, and one-on-one interviews with candidate. Each Youth of the Year nominee receives a scholarship for college. The winner is named the Charles Schwab Citywide Youth of the Year, and he or she receives a significantly larger college scholarship and the opportunity to advance to Boys & Girls Clubs’ California Youth of the Year competition.
Sukai, age 17
Sukai is a senior at St. Mary’s College Preparatory, and she’s been a Club member for 10 years. At Camp Mendocino, Sukai has been involved in the Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program and the Camp2College program. After graduation, Sukai plans to attend University of Hawaii or University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Columbia Park Clubhouse
William, age 17
At Columbia Park, William is active in the Money Matters, Career Exposure and Healthy Relationships programs. He is a senior at Ida B. Wells High School. When William graduates from high school, he plans to attend San Francisco State University or City College of San Francisco to be a sports agent.
Don Fisher Clubhouse
Valentin, age 16
Val is a junior at George Washington High School. He’s been a Club member for four years at the Don Fisher Clubhouse and the former Ernest Ingold Clubhouse. He’s actively involved in Keystone Club, Swim Academy, Formal Mentorship, Teen Staff and Camp Mendocino’s LIT program. Val plans to attend law school to help those who cannot afford legal representation.
Rosina, age 17
Rosina has been a Club member at the Excelsior Clubhouse for 12 years. She’s also been to Camp Mendocino for the past nine years as a Camper and LIT. She participates in programs like Money Matters, Keystone Club, Girls Group and Basketball. She is currently a senior at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. When she graduates, Rosina plans to attend New York University.
KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory
Viviana, age 16
Viviana is a junior at KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory. She’s been a Club member for three years, as well as a Camper and LIT. During her time as a Club member, she has served as Keystone Club President and Teen Staff. She plans to attend University of the Pacific, San Francisco, and eventually earn a doctoral degree.
Jesus, age 17
Jesus has been a Club member at Mission Clubhouse for six years. He is actively involved in Keystone Club, College Prep, Career Launch, Money Matters, and was hired as a BGCSF Teen Staff in the 2015-2016 Program Year. Jesus is currently a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School. After graduation, he plans to attend San Francisco State University and enroll in a Registered Nursing program.
Wendy, age 17
Wendy has been a Club member for six years. She is currently Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Money Matters Program Ambassador. For the past two years, Wendy has been the Tenderloin Keystone Club President. She actively participates in Fine Arts, Keystone Club, Career Launch, College Prep, and was a BGCSF Teen Staff in 2015-2016 to name a few. Wendy is a senior at Galileo High School and after graduation, she plans to attend Stanford University and major in Business Accounting.
Visitacion Valley Clubhouse
Daniel, age 17
Daniel is a six year Visitacion Valley Clubhouse veteran who also spent summers at Camp Mendocino. He serves as a BGCSF Teen staff and is known for his hours spent volunteering in his community. Daniel is currently a senior at City Arts and Technology High School and plans to study Game Design at UC Santa Cruz in the future.
Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunters Point
Reggie, age 17
Reggie is a senior at City Arts & Technology High School. After he graduates, Reggie plans to attend UC San Diego and major in Architecture. At the Willie Mays Clubhouse, Reggie is involved in Keystone Club, Career Launch, Money Matters and the Teen Staff program. As a Club member, Reggie was also a finalist in the BGCA National Fine Arts Program competition.
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