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Youth of the Year

Join us in our annual celebration of our amazing Club members and their accomplishments! Youth of the Year takes place in November and is our premier youth recognition program for Club members. We recognize Members of the Year from each of our locations, along with the Carole Downing Volunteer award, and the Athlete of the Year Award. Our teen finalists, chosen from our Teen Services members, will share their personal stories of hard work and success. One of our teen finalists will be chosen by a selection of panelists to represent BGCSV as the Youth of the Year.


Thursday, November 16, 2023 FROM 6-7pm

Maxwell Clubhouse, 100 W Verano Ave., Sonoma, CA

Who Are our Youth of the Year Candidates?

We recognize a Member of the Month at each of our BGCSV school sites, as well as a teen Member of the Month. From these 12 teens, four of them are selected to be Youth of the Year candidates. Youth of the Year candidates are high school juniors and seniors who have shown a significant arc of change. Many of them face tremendous personal challenges at home and school; their struggles and accomplishments often aren’t known or acknowledged outside of the Club. On this very important evening, we honor their commitment to overcoming adversity to live a positive, triumphant life. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend this uplifting event!

All members can benefit from participating in this great program! Our Youth of the Year event promotes and celebrates:

  • Service to the Club, community, and family
  • Academic success
  • Strong moral character
  • Life goals
  • Poise and public speaking ability

Past Youth of the Year Recipients

2022 Youth of the Year: Jennifer Tellez
2021 Youth of the Year: Ema Camarena
2020 Youth of the Year: Alejandra Renteria
2019 Youth of the Year: Yurhitizia Santiago
2018 Youth of the Year: Dulce Mexicano
2017 Youth of the Year: Angel Tinoco
2016 Youth of the Year: Edwin Reyes
2015 Youth of the Year: Maribel Campos
2014 Youth of the Year: Francisco Chavez
2013 Youth of the Year:  Yecenia Vargas
2012 Youth of the Year:  Gene Truong
2011 Youth of the Year:  Jessica Contreras
2010 Youth of the Year:  Manuel Heredia

Celebrate With Us!

Youth of the Year is a business casual event for those in attendance. Reservation is not required to join us to celebrate our members.

For more information on the Youth of the Year program or Teen Services, please email Eric Gonzalez at [email protected].

To view photos from past Youth of the Year events, please click here.

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