On January 31st, 2014, Michelle Alexander was chosen to represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley as their 2013 Youth of the Year. Michelle has been a club member for 11 years, participating in many programs throughout her time at the via Positiva site. She regularly volunteers with several organizations within the community, as well as being active in athletics as a softball player on her high school softball team. Michelle will go on to compete for Orange County Youth of the Year on February 28th, 2014.
Name: Michelle Alexander
Phonetic name: Mih-shell al-ex-an-der
Club: Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley
Branch: via Positiva Site
Length of Membership: 11 years
1. What is your favorite club memory? My favorite Club memory was pitching in the RBI softball tournament. During the final game, I had a pitching duel with the best pitcher in the league. In the last inning, my best friend hit the ball over the outfielder's heads and we won 3-2!
2. What is your favorite Club activity and why? My favorite Club activity is playing in the RBI Softball league. It taught me about dedication, hard work, and how to be a team player. It all paid off during my final season when the team came together and went 12-2!
3. What have you done to improve your community? I have volunteered at food banks to give food to the homeless. I also spend time helping at a senior citizens home. My favorite volunteering project is when I get to work with the 3-4 year olds at my church on Sundays.
4. How does your Club help you succeed? The club taught me never to give up on myself or my friends. They told me that failure is not an option. The staff were always there for me whenever I needed help.
5. What are your plans for the future? I will be moving to Texas to attend nursing school. I want to study to become a pediatrician.
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!
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.
Check out Executive Director James Littlejohn talking about the Clubs and Operation Holiday Homework
What is Operation Holiday Homework?
Operation Holiday Homework is a homework incentives program. Monday- Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30pm every member in the building participates in Power Hour (homework hour). At the end of the power hour time each member who did their homework and stayed on task receives two power hour points. Two weeks before Operation Holiday Homework the points for each member are tallied.
Why is Operation Holiday Homework important to our Youth and Community?
For many of our members the gifts they receive from Operation Holiday Homework are the only gifts their family members receive during the holiday season.
Operation Holiday Homework encourages youth to take their education seriously.
How do the points work?
The points only refer to the time frame in which the members come to the event. The members with the highest points get to come in first and get to pick the best items for their family members. A month before the event, staff will meet with each member to fill out a 3 x 5 card listing all the members of the youth’s family who live in their immediate household. The 3x 5cards come in handy for the shoppers.
How you can help!
Collect new unwrapped gifts.
The Club staff will supply your company with a box to collect new unwrapped gifts. By collecting gifts your company makes the event possible. Gifts are broken down into these following categories: boys, girls, mother, father, babies, and teens. We need around 1,000 toy pieces, 500 female gifts and 500 male gifts.
Gift types include but are not limited to: Lego’s, board games, Barbie’s, remote control cars, gift cards, lotions, nail polish, tools, sports equipment, etc.
How you can help the day of the event.
During this event there are many different volunteer opportunities like:
Shoppers- these individuals go around with the member to get the gift for everyone on their 3x5 card.
Wrappers- these individuals wrap presents once the member gets done shopping.
San Juan Capistrano Site:
Saturday, December 15th 9:00AM-11:30 AM
Contact Nicole Watson for more info @ (949) 240-7898 x19
Aliso Viejo Site:
Saturday, December 15th 9:00-11:30 AM
Contact Mac McMillan for more info @ (949) 699-2552
Rancho Santa Margarita Site:
Friday, December 14th 4:00-6:30PM
Contact David Dickinson for more info @ (949) 216-9700 x 1280
"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!"