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Member of the Month: Tarsicio Serrano


Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member of the Month. This month it is Tarsicio Serrano, a 7th grader at Cunha. 


“I nominated Tarsicio for Member of the Month because of his academic achievements. He works very hard during homework time and has improved a lot!” says Jessica Jaracuaro, his BGCC Counselor. She adds that “he has been a role model for other students, and overall the positive energy he gives to others is amazing!”


Tarsicio is always encouraging, generous, and helpful. Jessica adds that “He regularly provides positive feedback or thoughtful comments to others. His personality is such that he is always making others smile and laugh! And he is always respectful to others and the staff. “


He is grateful for BGCC because he has the space to do his homework and get staff support. He particularly likes to play football and dodgeball at BGCC. He shows up early every day — with his Starbucks drink! 


Two of his most potent superpowers are enthusiasm and respectfulness. Tarsicio likes to stand up for kids who are getting bullied and bring joy to them. He is incredibly thankful for his family and friends and loves spending time with them outdoors. He also admitted he is “very skilled at dancing,” — and we can’t wait to see him on the dance floor!


When he grows up, he would like to be an electrician. We know Tarsicio will continue to “light up” the world for years to come!


Member of the Month: Edwin Meza

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member of the Month. This month it is Edwin Meza, an 8th grader at Cunha.

“Edwin is always helping others! He finds a way to help the staff with anything. He is always very welcoming and engaging with members and staff,” shared Sandra Sarabia, Cunha Site Director. “Edwin is the first one at the Club and attends every day. He shows responsibility and respect to all,”continues Sandra. She adds that Edwin communicates well — and his peace and calmness is his Super Power!

He wants to do well in all aspects of his life. Edwin is a leader — driven, responsible, independent. For example, he has worked very hard on his schoolwork — and dramatically improved academically. Another example occurred on a particularly hectic day at the Club when Edwin offered to help out. This act meant a lot to the team because he did it without being asked —and did not expect anything in return!

Edwin is grateful for BGCC being open and offering activities. He was able to work on his assignments because he did not have internet access at home. In addition, Edwin likes the staff and space we offer to do homework and outside activities. He loves playing soccer at BGCC during the outside time!

His favorite sport is soccer, and he plays it all the time. He is part of our conditioning program and recently joined AYSO. When he grows up, Edwin would like to be a Professional Football Player.

We know his drive, determination, and leadership qualities will make him successful on and off the field!

Member of the Month: Leo Rico-Procopio 

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member of the Month. This month it is Leo Rico-Procopio, a 6th grader at Cunha. 

“Leo brings a great attitude to the Club and always participates in our activities. He also has done a great job in improving and maintaining good grades throughout the semester,” says Luis Galindo, one of Leo’s counselors at BGCC.  Hector Moreno-Rico, another counselor, adds that “Leo is always being productive in the pod — whether it be classwork or homework.”

His counselors agree that Luis is a “self-sufficient, hard-working, overall great person”. Not only is a solid student, but he is also resilient, consistent and positive as a person. We particularly enjoy Leo because he is fun — and funny!

Leo likes coming to BGCC because he gets to talk to his friends and play with them. He also enjoys participating in the activities. Leo likes to ride his skateboard, but this semester the kids have been playing a lot of soccer.  Luis added that “Leo surprised me with showing how much he has improved in this sport. He is playing at a level that you might say he has been playing for a couple years, but in reality he has only been playing a few months.”

Keep up the good work, Leo!

Member of the Month: Reynaldo “Rey” Torres

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside (BGCC) recognizes one young person as Member of the Month. This month it is Reynaldo Torres, a 6th grader at Cunha. 

We selected Reynaldo because he is an outstanding student. “Reynaldo is great at planning out his school work and is never afraid to speak up in class,” says JP Viernes, one of Reynaldo’s counselors at BGCC.  David Contreras, another counselor, adds that Rey “is always on top of his work and gets it done on time – or even before it is due!”

Rey is energetic — but when another student has a test or presentation he helps keep everyone else quiet and focused. He is conscientious about knowing when he (or a classmate) has to work on something challenging.

When Reynaldo is not studying, he loves playing soccer with his friends and classmates at BGCC.  Reynaldo misses going to class and seeing all of his friends at school. He really wanted to join the soccer team because he would like to be a professional soccer player when he grows up!

While he is most thankful for his family, he is also very grateful for the BGCC Learning Pods. Wi-Fi is very limited for his brother and himself at home and they do not have someone to look after them.  Reynaldo likes the pods because he can get help with his homework.  What he likes the most are the activities — and the “nice and helpful staff”.

When things return to “normal”, Reynaldo hopes he can still come to the Boys and Girls Club.  We hope so, too!  We appreciate all your hard work, understanding nature, and positive energy!

We look forward to seeing you on the soccer field, Reynaldo!


Member of the Month: Johnny Ojeda Garcia

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member of the Month. This month it is Johnny Ojeda Garcia, a 6th grader at Cunha.

“Johnny takes advantage of opportunities that are available to him. He is willing to ask for help. He is a capable learner and has an easy-going, fun disposition,” shares his BGCC mentor Paul Harrison.

Paul proudly recognizes that Johnny has been putting forth a lot of effort to get his work in and his grades up — and his 2nd quarter grades reflect that!  Evidence of this was when their pod was recently closed due to a Covid positive member. Everyone had to stay away from the Club and work from home for about a week. Without prompting, Johnny contacted Paul to make sure he stayed current with his assignments.

 “I like the BGCC remote learning pods because it is a good learning environment, and I get to see more friends – and we can play outside,” says Johnny. During the pandemic, Johnny is most proud of how he has adjusted to online school. And when things are “normal” again, he hopes they use computers more in class!

In the future, when kids ask him about living through the pandemic, Johnny is going to tell them, “It was not a joke. We couldn’t go to normal school or play with friends, and we had to wear masks, use hand sanitizer all the time and stay 6’ apart.”

Johnny hasn’t decided what he wants to be when he grows up, but we know he will do well — especially with his superpower. Paul says Johnny’s superpower is “to make anything funny.”  And we can all more humor in our lives!


Member of the Month:  Samuel Garcia

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member of the Month. This month it is Samuel (Sammy) Garcia, a 7th grader at Cunha.

“Sammy always puts a full 100% effort into anything he does, and that makes him a great role model for his classmates,” says mentor Hector Segura. When he started our program, Sammy was far behind and missing lots of assignments. Sammy has worked very hard the last three months and is now passing all his classes and is virtually caught up.  His resilience and dedication is impressive. He is always the first to get to the site and has yet to miss a day.

Remote Learning Pods have given Sammy the chance to grow independently as a student. Sammy has been able to engage and understand the material by putting in the extra effort of joining teachers’ office hours. He likes that school is shorter, giving him more one-on-one time with teachers and more time to complete assignments. He is also thankful BGCC helps him get out of the house for a few hours – and spend time with friends. Still, Sammy is looking forward to going back to normal life and school one day. In his free time, he is very passionate about BMX biking and gaming!

Sammy looks forward to many more obstacles this next year.  He explains that “without them, we don’t grow as individuals, and we can’t enjoy the good times without getting through some rough ones.” His advice to other students is: “You can only control your attitude and actions, and the rest is only for time to tell.”  Wise words, Sammy!

Your resilience – along with your respectful and kind nature – will take you far in life.  Keep up the great work!


Member of the Month:  Daniela Romero Covarrubias

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member of the Month. This month it is Cunha 6th grader Daniela Romero Covarrubias.

“We chose Daniela because we wanted to recognize her effective organization skills, strong work ethic, positive attitude, and eagerness to support others. In short, she cares”, says BGCC Mentor Paul Harrison. “Daniela is thankful for her family. She is a great student that is supportive of everyone. She makes lemonade out of lemons – daily. That is her Super Power!”

She likes coming to BGCC and getting help with her schoolwork. Paul shares, “I love that if she doesn’t understand something, she’s not afraid to ask for help, or say, ‘I don’t get it.’ Getting good grades is important to her, and she is proud that she is still getting good grades during the pandemic. 

She has a great outlook on distance learning – she feels it is “easier to speak in class via zoom than in a live classroom.”

Daniela eloquently described how she would explain this unique time to young people in the future: “It was difficult learning remotely. It was hard not being in the classroom with teachers and friends. Sometimes the internet glitches, sometimes the fire alarm goes off or the power goes out, but we still had to learn & do our work.”   

When this “Girl Power Extraordinaire” grows up, she would like to be a doctor.  And we have no doubt she has what it takes. 

Keep up the good work, Doc!

Member of the Month: Maria Romero

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member of the Month. This month it is Maria Romero.

Maria consistently impresses others with her hard work and determination. Mentor Eric Jeronimo noted “she is the last one to leave the room at every break. She always needs “one more second” to finish her notes completely!”  Luiz Galindo added that “Usually if a student get 9 out of 10, the kid says that’s good enough. Not Maria! Recently she retook a test until she got 100%! That really stood out to me.”

What does she like about the BGCC Learning Pods?  Maria is very grateful to have access to quiet space.  At home, it is hard to find a quiet environment with siblings and cousins there every day.  Also, since students in the learning pods are the same age, they frequently have the same class at the same time. Maria likes that they can help each other with their remote learning classes. For example, a student in her cohort wasn’t able to get into Zoom but Maria was able to ask the teacher to let the student in the waiting room.

Maria enjoys coming to BGCC and seeing familiar faces. You can tell she feels comfortable because she always arrives with a great attitude, a bright smile and ready to laugh.  Of course, she does miss the chance to make TikTok dance videos with all her friends and meeting new people at the Club. But… when Maria takes a break from studying, she chats with friends and makes the most of the COVID-friendly activities!

We know Maria is proud of working hard for her good grades. We are proud of Maria for going above and beyond – and doing it with a great attitude!


Surfer of the Year: Dayton Lindsey 

The Half Moon Bay Surf Club, a program of Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside, is honoring Half Moon Bay High School Senior, Dayton Lindsey, as Surfer of the Year. What does it take to be an award-winning surfer? “Positive attitude, enthusiasm both in and out of the water and graceful skill,” says Coach Mark Sutherland. And Dayton is definitely “dedicated, positive and skilled.”

Coach recalls, “a practice we held early in the season had some difficult conditions. We asked Dayton to check the waves. Two minutes later, Dayton was out carving it up, making it look easy. That’s the mark of a good surfer.”

Dayton also stands out because of his exceptional generosity. Coach recalls how “Dayton came in first place overall in Longboard for the year’s competition. He regularly finishes well in Shortboard, too. During the season, he approached me, saying that he would concentrate on longboarding for a while to give other surf team members opportunities to surf in upcoming Shortboard contests.”

As a third-generation Half Moon Bay local, Dayton and his family spend most of their time enjoying the beach. When Dayton was 12, the family stopped at Pismo Beach on the way back from a baseball tournament. “He started surfing then and has been hooked ever since!” says his mother, Victoria Lindsey.

“Surfing is relaxing, unpredictable and a challenge …and makes me feel free,” says Dayton. He likes surfing big waves and started surfing Mavericks last year and plans to continue. In the future, he wants to travel and surf all over the world. We look forward to seeing you in Surfer magazine one day!


(Virtual) Member of the Month: Manny Maya

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member of the Month.

This month we selected a member of our Virtual Club House! During our stay-at-home orders, the BGCC transitioned to a Virtual Clubhouse to connect members with staff who continue to support our students academically and socially online. If you want to know if we are making a difference, just read about Cunha 7th grader, Manny Maya!

“I picked Manny because over time I have seen him grow as a person. He wasn’t as social as he is now. He wasn’t one to start conversations or make new friends,” says Eric Jeronimo. However, Eric adds, “with the shelter in place I see that he misses being out and having company so he’s always the first to be on our Zoom sessions and he’s always participating and interacting with others.”

How would you describe Manny? He is “clever, funny, generous and hard-working.” He likes to play video games and he can be very competitive while playing with staff and other members. One of his favorite online games, Skribbi, is similar to Pictionary.

Manny is also always eager to learn new things and try new things. For example, his mentor recalls “one time in our virtual club session he decided to teach us how to make a easy 5 minute Oreo cake with just milk and Oreos.” Now that sounds delicious.

Thank you for contributing to our Virtual Clubhouse, Manny!


Member of the Month: Anthony Sarabia

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member of the Month. This month it is Anthony Sarabia.

“Anthony is friendly and charismatic – and he always encourages others to participate.” enthuses Miguel Isidro, his counselor this year. “I picked Anthony because he is a very good student, does his homework and participates in every activity – with 100 percent effort.”

Anthony loves ALL sports and particularly enjoys regular, competitive play with the staff. He is very passionate about soccer and basketball. Recently, he enthusiastically cheered on the staff at the Harlem Wizards vs BGCC Community All-Stars game (a BGCC fundraiser for the Cunha after school sports program).

So what does a student athlete like Anthony like to eat regularly?!  Chicken nuggets and fries at Café Capistrano across the street!

Anthony is a 6thgrader at Cunha Middle School and is considered a “friendly, kind and outgoing student”. He is the youngest of four children – with three older sisters.  However, he isn’t the youngest in the family because he has a nephew.

Keep studying and practicing your hoops, Uncle Anthony!


Member of the Month: Maria Romero

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member  of the Month.

This month it is Maria Romero.

Do you know someone who instantly “lights up a room”? That’s Maria.
“Her personality is what stands out to me. Every time she comes into the club with her smile towards everyone, she brings light into the room. She treats everyone the same and loves to share her food with everyone”, says her mentor Jessica Jaracuaro.
Not only does Maria have a positive attitude, but she also has demonstrated strong academic performance in school.  She describes her superpower as being “focused.” Maria wants to be a Math teacher when she grows up because she is very passionate about her favorite subject.
What she likes best about BGCC is that she gets to spend time with friends — and there are a lot of supplies that she can use for her schoolwork.
Whether she is at home or BGCC, Maria loves playing volleyball outside. In her free time, she also loves to dance, color, shop, watch movies – and walk on the beach with her mom on weekends. Her hero is her father. She loves how supportive he is and always looks up to him.
Keep on sharing your light, Maria!


Member of the Month: Ian Erhardt

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member of the Month.  This month it is Ian Erhardt.

Do you like baseball?!  If so, you will enjoy meeting Ian. He loves playingbaseball, talkingabout baseball and drawingbaseballs.

However, it isn’t his love of baseball that earned him this month’s BGCC Youth of the Month. His mentors Eric and Iggy said what stands out to them is just how much he has grown in the last few months. When he first joined BGCC, he was shy and not very involved in the group. Now they describe him as “an active participant and so much more outgoing! Ian even reaches out to his fellow peers 1:1 to encourage them to do the same.”

We at BGCC admire his active involvement, his outgoing nature and his inclusivity. Ian actively runs on the field and engages others. He plays chess and likes to draw. In school, he is a dedicated student earning the Principal’s Honor Roll this quarter. He really likes math because he enjoys figuring things out and problem solving. One day he will make a great scientist like his Dad!

Go Ian – and Go Giants!

Member of the Month: Kate Pastorino

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member of the Month. Kate Pastorino a 6th grader at Cunha Intermediate School who loves to play both soccer and volleyball, is our October Member of the Month. BGCC is proud to recognize Kate for her enthusiastic participation in every activity – as well as her strong academic performance in school. We appreciate her optimistic attitude and helpfulness. Sandra Sarabia says Kate just “lights up a room” with her happy disposition! At BGCC, Kate enjoys watching volleyball games and helping others. However, she particularly enjoys playing a card game called “Chonch” with staff and her peers. One of her favorite BGCC memories is riding in the Pumpkin Festival parade! When she grows up, Kate would like to be like her Auntie Carmel. Her Aunt was a cheerleader and is very athletic. And if she could travel anywhere, Kate would visit Paris because “it seems so pretty”. Look out world, here comes Kate!

Member of the Month: Ronin Hastings 

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Member of the Month.

Meet future artist and game designer, Ronin Hastings, a 6th grader at Cunha Intermediate School. Ronin is our Member of the Month.

Since he joined the Boys and Girls Club, he has been an active participant in soccer and dodge ball.  When he isn’t kicking or dodging balls, he also enjoys martial arts, hiking and collecting rocks.  However, it wasn’t just the activities that got him noticed by Club Leaders.  He participates all the time —without whining.  And who doesn’t love that?!

Three additional adjectives used to describe Ronin are “caring, kind and obedient” — and we, at BGCC acknowledge these admirable traits as well. Diana Cariaga really appreciates that he “…works independently and helps others when in need.”  Those are great life skills.

That’s not the only thing impressive about this 11 year old.  He has a SuperPower: Imagination.  And he believes “you can do pretty much anything.”

Way to go, Ronin!