New Education Director

The Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside (BGCC) is pleased to introduce our new Education Director, Amanda Larson. Amanda brings to the BGCC extensive experience working with young people both in formal and informal education settings including guiding young people through the development of community arts installations, tutoring and coaching.

Amanda will be supporting the after school academic homework program at Cunha and helping to grow BGCC’s teen/high school programming.

Executive Director Jill Jacobson enthuses “our staff were all involved in the selection of Amanda and we are all excited by different aspects of her background – she is an athlete, an artist, an educator and a mom. She will bring a distinctive perspective to our programs and we can’t wait for her to start.”

Amanda earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish Literature at University of California, Berkeley where she was a student athlete on the Cal Women’s Swimming and Diving Team.  She received her Master’s in Fine Arts at the College of the Arts (San Francisco) and her A.S. Welding Technology Degree at Cosumnes River College (Sacramento).  She and her husband, Steve, live in Half Moon Bay, and have a son, August.

Most recently she has both served on the Board of Directors for Community Built Association and worked as their Conference Coordinator.

Larson begins her new role on March 16, 2020.  She can be reached at



Youth of the Month: Anthony Sarabia

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Youth 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!


Youth of the Month: Maria Romero

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Youth 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!


Youth of the Month: Ian Erhardt

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Youth 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!

Youth of the Month: Kate Pastorino

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Youth 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!

Youth of the Month: Ronin Hastings 

Each month the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside recognizes one young person as Youth 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!