Our 2014 Charles Schwab Citywide Youth of the Year

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2014 Charles Schwab Citywide Youth of the Year, Yuri Huerta.

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


 

Highlights from the event


Meet The Finalists

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This year’s Youth of the Year, chosen from over 16,000 youth Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco serves.

yoy_ariana_225x285Ariana Cole

Camp Mendocino

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.

yoy_ariana_225x285Yuriria Huerta

Excelsior Clubhouse

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.

yoy_ariana_225x285Tatiana Collins

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.

yoy_ariana_225x285Alexandria Cutrell

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.

yoy_ariana_225x285Celia Marcia

Mission Clubhouse

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.

yoy_ariana_225x285Yessenia Pozo

Tenderloin Clubhouse

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.

yoy_ariana_225x285Gabriel Cortez

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.

yoy_ariana_225x285Carmen Huang

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.

yoy_ariana_225x285Jackie Barnes-Jackson

Willie Mays Clubhouse
at Hunters Point

Jackie is currently a senior at Downtown High School. Her goal is to attend community college and transfer to a four-year university and pursue a career in law. Jackie has been a Club member for ten years.

About The Program

The Youth of the Year Program is a three-month long leadership development program that celebrates the remarkable lives of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco members who have distinguished themselves by rising above challenging circumstances.

Finalists are chosen from their Clubhouse and Camp Mendocino based on moral character, community involvement, academic achievements, and obstacles that they have overcome.

The Timeline

From October to January, the finalists are involved in an intense leadership development program that involves public speaking, one-on-one mentorship, essay writing, and team building. And with the help of our caring staff and volunteers, these youth grow and flourish into confident leaders with inspirational visions and goals for their futures.

At the final event, each youth will tell their stories to more than 600 BGCSF friends and supporters.

The winner of BGCSF’s Youth of the Year competition moves on to compete in the Northern California Regional competition against other well-accomplished youth in the region. The judging criterion for the event consists of public speaking, one on one interview, service to Club and community and academic achievement.

The History & Prestige

The Youth of the Year program was founded more then 60 years ago through the generosity of the Reader’s Digest Foundation. Since 1947, the National Youth of the Year program has served as the primary vehicle for showcasing the exemplary achievements of Club youth. The Youth of the Year program has afforded hundreds of outstanding Club members an opportunity to meet presidents like Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. In addition, each year’s five regional finalists are honored at a congressional breakfast in Washington D. C.

As the voice for some 3.3 million youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs, National Youth of the Year winners appear before congressional committees to speak on teen issues, participate in town hall meetings, appear on television and news programs and serve as ambassadors for other youth organizations. In addition to these prestigious duties, former Youth of the Year continue to play active roles in their local Boys & Girls Clubs communities. Previous winners have excelled in every aspect of the private sector, serving as doctors, lawyers, news reporters, Peace Corps volunteers, politicians and civic leaders in their communities.

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The Youth of the Year program celebrates the remarkable lives of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco members who have distinguished themselves by rising above challenging circumstances.

Meet this year’s class:

Program Overview:

KGO News coverage from the event:

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Presenting Sponsor:

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Reception Sponsor:

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Youth Champions:

Dana & Bob Emery

Platinum Sponsors:

Guittard Chocolate Company
Stephanie & Bill Mellin
Sports Basement
Laurie & Jeff Ubben

Gold Sponsors:

Advent Software, Inc.
CCI General Contractor
Susan & Mitch Cohen
Cathy & Sandy Dean
Ernst & Young LLP
Julie & Greg Flynn
Rocky Fried
Google
Hudson Pacific Properties
Jessica & Jason Moment
Meridee Moore & Kevin King
Angela Nomellini & Ken Olivier
Diana & Steve Strandberg
Vector Capital
The Westin St. Francis

Silver Sponsors:

Gary Arabian with The CAC Group
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Golden State Warriors
McKinsey & Company
Naomi & Michael Neruda
Reardon Heights
Skyline Construction
State Street Corporation

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