Congratulations to Ebony Moody for being named the Charles Schwab 2016 Citywide Youth of the Year! As Citywide Youth of the Year, Ebony earns a $10,000 scholarship and she will move on to compete in the Norther California Regional Youth of the Year competition.
The Youth of the Year Program is a four-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 Club site and Camp Mendocino based on moral character, community involvement, academic achievements, and obstacles that they have overcome.
To view all 2015 Youth of the Year finalist speeches, click here.
From October 2015 to January 2016, the Youth of the Year 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 at The Westin St. Francis.
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.
Photos of our Youth of the Year
#YOY2016 Camp Retreat
Youth participated in a two-day intensive retreat at Camp Mendocino, where they overcame fears to help each other climb a challenge course, shared their toughest life experiences and proudest achievements, and strengthened their public speaking skills and essay skills through intensive workshops led by BGCSF coaches and staff.
Check back for photos of our Youth of the Year during program workshops, one-on-one sessions with their coaches and participating in fun events like attending a Golden State Warriors game and being filmed by a CNN crew!
Dana & Bob Emery
Jason & Jessica Moment
Stephanie & Bill Mellin
Diana & Steve Strandberg
Brandon & Sapna Boze
David & Susan Cumming
Ernst & Young LLP
Julie & Greg Flynn
Golden State Warriors
Rocky Fried & Ali Klein
Sand Hill Global Advisors, LLC
Chris & Catherine Clifford
Jennifer Steinmann & Alexei Yaroshenko
Pircher, Nichols & Meeks
Sweet & Baker Insurance Brokers, Inc.