Congratulations, Sabrina!

On Friday, March 8th, our 2019 Citywide Youth of the Year, Sabrina McFarland, was among three finalists selected to represent Northern California in the California Youth of the Year program. All of us at BGCSF are proud of Sabrina's accomplishments, and wish her luck as she moves on to the finals in the California Youth of the Year program. For a recap on how Sabrina became BGCSF's Citywide Youth of the Year, read our coverage of the 11th Annual Charles Schwab Youth of the Year Luncheon.
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About the Youth of the Year Program

Youth of the Year 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.
The Timeline
From October to January, the Youth of the Year take part in an intense leadership development program that involves public speaking, one-on-one mentorship, essay writing, and team building. 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 2019, 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 criteria for the event consists of public speaking, performance in a one on one interview, service to the Club, and community and academic achievement.
The History & Prestige
For nearly 70 years, the Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the nation’s most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teens. These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.

Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports.

About the Charles Schwab Youth of the Year Luncheon

Youth of the Year celebrates the remarkable lives of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco members who have distinguished themselves by rising above challenging circumstances. Each Clubhouse, and Camp Mendocino, choose a teen as their Youth of the Year nominee based on their active involvement in their Clubhouse or Camp, service to their community, commitment to education and modeling of healthy behaviors for younger Club members.

The Citywide Youth of the Year is selected by an esteemed panel of judges at the conclusion of a four-month leadership development program for the nominees. The judging process includes evaluating the nominees’ academic performance, personal statements, twelve references, assessing public speaking skills, and one-on-one interviews with candidate. Each Youth of the Year nominee receives a scholarship for college. The winner is named the Charles Schwab Citywide Youth of the Year, and he or she receives a significantly larger college scholarship and the opportunity to advance to Boys & Girls Clubs’ California Youth of the Year competition.

Meet the 2019 Youth of the Year

Yaret Bello

Mission Clubhouse
Yaret is a senior at Leadership High School and has been a Club member for seven years. She was a teen staff for 2 years, and is part of Bolivia Corazón De América, a dance company that specializes in traditional dancing. At school, she translates for meetings and actively participates in various protests and walkouts. After graduation, Yaret plans to attend San Francisco State University and become a pediatric nurse.

Ananda "Nani" Frazier

DON FISHER CLUBHOUSE
Nani is a senior at George Washington High School and has been a Club member for 12 years. She has participated in Camp Council, Camp2College, and the Columbia University Girls in STEM program. At Don Fisher, she serves as the Keystone Club President and participates in environmental and art activities. After graduation, Nani plans to attend college in a warm climate to study architecture and interior design.

Cindy Lei

EXCELSIOR CLUBHOUSE
Cindy is a senior at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and has been a Club member for three years. She has played an important role on Excelsior’s Keystone Club event planning committee, especially for their Community STEAM Fair. She likes to create art during the week while also participating in Minds Matter, a college prep/mentoring program. After graduation, Cindy plans to study design or software development at a UC campus.

Sabrina McFarland

VISITACION VALLEY CLUBHOUSE
Sabrina is a senior at Lick-Wilmerding High School and has been a Club member for 10 years. She is on the Student Council and is part of the Dance Team and Feminist Club. Last summer, she spent a month helping to build a school in Senegal, West Africa. After graduation, Sabrina plans to attend Columbia University, Barnard University or Howard University to study law or education.

Charlie Nguyen

TENDERLOIN CLUBHOUSE
Charlie is a senior at Galileo High School and has been a Club member for three years. He has a passion for volunteering and has provided over 120 hours of volunteer service to his community. Charlie worked as a moderator for “Bridging the Divide between Youth and Law Enforcement,” and has volunteered at many local community events. After graduation, Charlie wants to attend UC Berkeley to study science and engineering.

Taluai “T” Tulau

CAMP MENDOCINO
Taluai is a senior at Burton High School and has been a Club Member for 12 years. At the Club, he is involved in the LIT Program, Camp Council and Camp 2 College program. While tutoring at Excelsior Clubhouse, he serves as a caring mentor and undertakes many volunteer projects. At school, he has participated in the choir program for a year and is also part of the Academy of Media and Entertainment.