Yossymar Rojas Selcted as Youth of the Year for the State of California!

Redwood City April 13, 2103.  Selected among 8 outstanding youth San Juan Capistrano Club member Yossymar Rojas has been selected as the California State Youth of the Year. 

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

“Yossy is the perfect example of what kind of young men and women the Boys & Girls Clubs help produce each and every year.  We are so proud of not only Yossy, but all the other outstanding young people that were part of the Youth of the Year program and process.” said James Littlejohn, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley.

Unlike many of his classmates at Dana Hills High Yossy has taken on responsibilities that most of his classmates won’t have to address until adulthood.   As both of his hard-working parents work multiple jobs to provide for their family, Yossy has taken on a key father-figure role for his two younger siblings.  Cooking, cleaning, and assisting them with homework along with providing that parental oversight and guidance have all been responsibilities that he has not only taken on but delivered with the dedication and care of a truly special young man.

Yossy has been a club member for seven years, starting at the age of 12.  During his tenure with the club he has not only provided significant service to the club, but has also served as an outstanding role-model for club members of all ages.  Yossy has taken on key leadership role’s during his Club experience including being the President of the Keystone Club, which promotes Character and Leadership qualities among high-school teenagers by focusing on community service, academic success and career preparation.   In addition to his dedication to the Club Yossy has also been a long time volunteer for Serra’s Pantry, an organization that provides food donations from local grocery stores for those in need.

Amazingly, Yossy has not only excelled at the club and at home, he has excelled academically.  Yossy plans on not only becoming the first person in his family to graduate from High School, but with the real possibility of becoming the class Valedictorian.  Recognized as a “AP Scholar” where he has passed three separate National placement exams Yossy was also amazingly the recipient of the “Dolphin Achievement Award for Spanish Speakers” which signifies excellent performance as the best overall student for Spanish Speakers at Dana Hills High!

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Pictured are:  James Littlejohn- Executive Director, Jim Clark- CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of America, AC Green Ex LA Laker, Yossymar Rojas, Robert Savage COO Taco Bell

Yossy intends to cash in his hard work by moving on to college where he will study Biomedical Engineering continuing his success by becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college.

If Yossy wins the Orange County competition he then advances to the state competition, he will then have the opportunity to compete for the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2013, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

"The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley was the best thing that ever happened to my family. As working parents, we felt our kids were in a safe place with positive people!"
-Karen