Youths of the Year

The Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos (BGC) recently presented the Youth of the Year award to three members: Evelynn, Teen Youth of the Year; Mikaela “Miki,” Middle School Youth of the Year; and Alehida, Elementary School Youth of the Year. The Youth of the Year program recognizes the outstanding contributions that the member has made to their family, school, community, and BGC, as well as any personal challenges they have overcome to do so. Selection as Youth of the Year is the highest honor a youth member can receive.

Evelynn is a senior at San Marcos High School. She is involved in Keystone, BGC’s teen leadership program, and credits the club for helping her develop confidence and leadership skills. She plans on attending law school and aspires to become a district attorney. “My purpose is to help those whose voices are silenced by society to reach those who care enough to hear,” she said. “Being at the club has taught me to stand up in what I believe in as well as stay true to who I am despite what others think.” Evelynn will move on to compete in the 2017 San Diego County Youth of the Year competition.

Miki is in eighth grade at San Marcos Middle School and has been a BGC San Marcos member since 2009. She joined the club’s dance team when she started middle school, which helped her gain a new sense of belonging and confidence. “If I could describe the club in one word it would be ‘opportunities,’” she said. Looking ahead, Miki plans to attend college and become a scientist.

Alehida is 10 years old and has attended the afterschool program at San Marcos Elementary School for five years. She is the president of her site’s leadership and service program called Torch Club. She hopes to someday attend the California College of the Arts and become a famous artist. “The Boys & Girls Club has impacted my life throughout the years that I have been here,” Alehida said. “This inspiring and positive place has helped prepare me to be able to set my goals for the future.” Discover more at www.boysgirlsclubsm.org.