Meet The Finalists

Stephanie Coates

Camp Mendocino

Stephanie Coates represents Camp Mendocino and is a senior at Castro Valley High School. She plans to go to a four-year college where she can work toward her goal of becoming an attorney. Stephanie has been a member of BGCSF for six years.

An Interview With Stephanie

How does it feel to be selected to be Youth of the Year?

I was honored. I didn't know that I would actually be able to do something like this.

What do you hope to get out of the program?

I hope to gain great friendships, find more mentors - people that can help me out through the rest of my school year, and my senior year. Ultimately, people that I can go to for anything that I need, anything that I need help with academically, or personally.

If you could have any kind of super power, what would it be?

If I could have any type of superpower, it would be to fly, because you can get anywhere you want at any time. Or, depending on how fast you want to go or how fast other people are flying in front of you, you could get wherever you want.

What is something people may not know about you?

Something that people may not know about me when they first meet me is that I have a twin brother.

What’s one of your favorite songs and why?

One of my favorite songs - it's not really my favorite song - it’s a song that I gravitate to is 'My Girl' by The Temptations. It's just, I think it's one of my dad's favorite songs, sometimes he sings it to me and when I was little he would sing it to me.

What is your proudest achievement?

My proudest achievement would have to be getting a 3.0 last year. That was something I worked really, really hard on and I didn't know that I was going to achieve that.

What is your biggest fear?

One of my biggest fears is kind of cliché, but it's failing. I don't really like to fail, so when I do fail it's the ultimate letdown and I'm really hard on myself about it. That's one thing that I'm really scared of - failing.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

When I grow up, I want to be a lawyer or if I don't become a lawyer, I still want to do something that has to do with law. Maybe social worker or anything like that, criminal justice.

Why do you love BGCSF?

I love the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco because it’s a place that a whole and maybe some adults might gravitate to for help or just a sanctuary for a family, it is like a big family.

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Stephanie Coates

Stephanie Coates

Camp Mendocino

Eva Heyert

Ernest Ingold

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Eva Heyert

Eva Heyert

Ernest Ingold

Felix Ortiz

Excelsior

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Felix Ortiz

Felix Ortiz

Excelsior

Iesha Gosman

Willie Mays

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Iesha Gosman

Iesha Gosman

Willie Mays

Carmen Sosa

Columbia Park

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Carmen Sosa

Carmen Sosa

Columbia Park

Jesus Cortez

Mission

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Jesus Cortez

Jesus Cortez

Mission

Jaienda Kumar

Visitacion Valley

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Jaienda Kumar

Jaienda Kumar

Visitacion Valley

Precious Listana

Tenderloin

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Precious Listana

Precious Listana

Tenderloin

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.

2015 Charles Schwab Youth of the Year Luncheon

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On February 23, BGCSF supporters will have the chance to hear some remarkable stories from our youth at the 2015 Charles Schwab Youth of the Year Luncheon. At the event, the Charles Schwab 2015 Citywide Youth of the Year will be chosen to represent BGCSF in the statewide and nationwide Youth of the Year competitions.

Event Details

February 23, 2015

11:30am – 1:30pm

The Westin St. Francis, Union Square

335 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(800) 937-8461

For questions or Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact:

Brittany Wilson, BGCSF
415.445.5481 | events@kidsclub.org

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