Meet Our 2017 Youth of the Year
Congratulations to the 2017 Youth of the Year class!
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.
From October to January, 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 Charles Schwab Youth of the Year Luncheon in February 2017, each youth will tell his or her story to more than 800 BGCSF friends and supporters at The Marriott Marquis.
The Citywide Youth of the Year moves on to represent BGCSF 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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