Congratulations, Sabrina!

2019-20 National Youth of the Year

About Sabrina

Inspiring the next generation of BGCSF leaders

Growing up in one of San Francisco's most challenging neighborhoods, Sabrina found a safe home at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. A member for 12 years, she credits the Visitacion Valley Clubhouse with giving her an outlet to express herself. Her favorite program at the Club was dance, which allowed her to tell her story through movement.

Sabrina attended a private middle school and high school, where she was given opportunities, experiences and an education vastly different from most kids in her community. The Club helped her comprehend the value of a good education and the importance to give back by sharing lessons she learned. Sabrina volunteered as a tutor to younger Club members, providing them with individualized help and attention.

For America’s youth, she dreams of a more equitable education system. Sabrina plans to become a U.S. Congresswoman and use her voice to create change within the education system. She is a freshman at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Last February, Sabrina was recognized as San Francisco's Citywide Youth of the Year at BGCSF's Charles Schwab Youth of the Year Luncheon. From there, her National Youth of the Year journey began. Sabrina moved on to win the Northern California, California, Pacific Region, and National Youth of the Year competitions.

Below are photos and quotes documenting Sabrina's journey to National Youth of the Year.

The Latest on Sabrina

"Photography made me open to who I am today. It’s a way that I express my emotions, my ideas, and what I think of myself."
Jesus
Mission Clubhouse
"Through dance, I feel stronger and more confident."
Asha
Don Fisher Clubhouse
"Thanks to the Club, I attended San Francisco Art Institute pre-college residential summer program on a full scholarship."
Glory
Columbia Park Clubhouse

Sabrina's Journey

Visitacion Valley Clubhouse Youth of the Year

Before she became National Youth of the Year, Sabrina started as the Visitacion Valley Clubhouse Youth of the Year. Along with five other San Francisco youth representing neighborhoods across the City, Sabrina participated in an extensive leadership program that encouraged her to grow as a leader. From there, Sabrina and her peers took part in the Charles Schwab Youth of the Year Luncheon, where Sabrina received the title of Citywide Youth of the Year. Below are photos from Sabrina's first steps in the Youth of the Year program, including orientation, speechwriting, character development exercises, and just plain fun.

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I've known Sabrina since I was a member myself. Mentoring her has shown me the difference we make at BGCSF."

Tanzania Robertson
Middle School Services Director

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Helping Sabrina in this journey has shown me what our Youth of the Year program brings out in young people."

Tavi Baker
Citywide Director of youth leadership programs

Sabrina's Journey

California Youth of the Year and Beyond

After being honored as BGCSF's Citywide Youth of the Year, Sabrina stayed on her journey. She moved on to Northern California, California, and Pacific Region Youth of the Year contests, distinguishing herself among her peers at each step along the way. These achievements ultimately led to Sabrina being one of six finalists for National Youth of the Year, Boys & Girls Clubs of America's highest honor.

At the National Youth of the Year Celebration in Washington, DC, Sabrina took part in a week filled with fun activities and opportunities for her to demonstrate her leadership skills. Whether visiting the monuments in our Nation's capitol or taking part in meetings with Speaker of the House and San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Sabrina was given a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

The evening of the awards, Sabrina again demonstrated the strength of character that had brought her to National Youth of the Year. She gave a moving delivery of her speech and—upon receiving the National Youth of the Year title—shared her vision for equality and community support with the crowd.

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Sabrina committed to the Club as a six-year-old. In turn, the Club committed to her for the next 12 years. Her story makes her the perfect National Youth of the Year."

Rob Connolly
President, Boys & girls clubs of san francisco

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Sabrina is an incredible young woman who has grown through her time at Camp and in the Clubs. It's inspiring to be even a small part of her journey."

Sara Richardson
Director, Camp mendocino

Become a Youth of the Year

Inspired by Sabrina's accomplishment? Want to develop a deeper connection to your community and an understanding of personal responsibility, social justice, and the importance of service to others? Our Youth of the Year program teaches these skills and more! If you're not a BGCSF member yet, be sure to check out our page for Teens for information on all the ways the Club can be there for you.