Francisco Rosas to Now Vie for State Title and Scholarship
Napa, CA, December 8, 2016 – Selected among six outstanding youth, Francisco Rosas has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 70th year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.
“We’re proud of all these kids. It takes courage to put yourself out there and compete at this level” said Mark Kuhnhausen Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley.
This year’s field of outstanding youth included:
Maria Mendoza a senior at New Technology High School
Nadia Barboza a senior at Vintage High School
Evelyn Perez a sophomore at Napa High School
Kevin Satterfield a senior at Valley Oak High School
Marcos Vasquez a junior at Napa Valley Independent Studies
“Each one of our kids have a story to tell. Each one of these kids are trying find ways to better themselves and give back to the community. These kids are all winners” added Kuhnhausen.
All six participants received a $500.00 scholarship toward post-secondary education. Winner Francisco Rosas will receive an additional $1000.00.
Rosas will go on to vie for the California Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“We are very proud of Francisco and honored to have him as part of our program. He is a very thoughtful and giving person who will find ways to make his community a better place. ” said Michael Tillotson Program Director who has been in charge of the Youth of the Year Program for the past four years .
Rosas has been involved in many programs and activities but volunteering to serve meals to those less fortunate has had an impact and his take away lesson was to be grateful for what he has and to not take it for granted. Speaking on what the Club meant to him Rosas remarked, “The Boys and Girls Club feels like a second home in a sense because there are people I can trust and truly call family.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported the youth advocacy organization for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is dedicated to inspiring the next generations of engineers, thinkers and leaders who will help drive the American economy. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a committed partner who has worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on many Academic Success initiatives, and the Taco Bell Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier partner for teen empowerment.