Our 2014 Charles Schwab Citywide Youth of the Year
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Charles Schwab Citywide Youth of the Year: Yuri Huerta, Excelsior Clubhouse.
Eight remarkable young people shared how they have triumphed over substantial personal challenges and made outstanding contributions to their families, schools, communities, and families.
In addition to Yuri, the other Youth of the Year finalists included: Gabe Cortez, Treasure Island Clubhouse, Jackie Barnes-Jackson, Willie Mays Clubhouse at Hunters Point; Tatiana Collins, Ernest Ingold Clubhouse; Alexandria Cutrell, Columbia Park Clubhouse; Carmen Huang, Visitacion Valley Clubhouse; Celia Marcia, Mission Clubhouse; and Yessenia Pozo, Tenderloin Clubhouse.
Each finalist will receive $2,000 towards their education. In addition, Yuri earned a $10,000 scholarship and will move on to compete against other Boys & Girls Clubs members in the region for the Northern California Youth of the Year title, with hopes of advancing to the statewide and then national competition, which brings with it the chance to meet President Barack Obama.
Photos from the Event
Meet The Finalists
Ariana is currently a senior at Live Oak High School and her post-high school goal is to attend college.
She has been a member of BGCSF and Camp Mendocino for five years.
Yuriria is a senior at June Jordan School for Equity and plans to attend a four-year university and study education.
She has been a member of BGCSF for two years.
Ernest Ingold Clubhouse
Tatiana is a senior at the Gateway to College program at City College of San Francisco. Her goal is to attend Spelman College and to go on to medical school to become a surgeon.
Tatiana has been a Club member for three years.
Columbia Park Clubhouse
Alexandria, a.k.a. ‘Alex’, is a senior at the Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is motivated to become a pediatric physical therapist.
Alex has been a Club member for eleven years.
Celia is a senior at Immaculate Conception Academy and her goal is to attend a four-year university in order to earn a nursing or engineering degree.
Celia has been a Club member for 11 years.
Yessenia is a senior at Mercy High School and her post-high school career goal is to become a crime scene investigator or forensic scientist.
Yessenia has been a Club member for one year.
Treasure Island Clubhouse
Gabriel is currently a junior at Lincoln High School and he hopes to attend San Francisco State University and become a BGCSF staff member after graduating from college.
Gabe has been a Club member for over nine years.
Visitacion Valley Clubhouse
Carmen is currently a senior at George Washington High School and her post-high school goal is to attend UCLA and major in Social Work.
She has been a Club member for four years.
Willie Mays Clubhouse
Dana & Bob Emery
Guittard Chocolate Company
Advent Software, Inc.
Gary Arabian with The CAC Group