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2022 Youth of the Year: Mia Abundis

Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside is proud to honor Mia Abundis as our 2022 Youth of the Year honoring her academic achievement, leadership, and contributions to the Club.

Mia has consistently attended the club with a positive attitude and commitment to improve. She is dedicated to her academics and has excelled this past year in all of her classes. 

She has always been respectful to staff members and reaches out for help and support when needed. She also has a great sense of humor and never fails to make her friends laugh.  When she is volunteering at the club working with our younger members, which is often, she is patient and is a great role model for her peers. 

“It is not often that we hear directly from youth about the impact that we have as Youth Development Professionals, but when we do it reminds us why we do what we do here at BGCC. This past Valentine’s Day Mia left a really nice note for our Teen Center Youth Development Professionals. It was extremely thoughtful!” -Youth Development Professional

After high school I want to go to college to become a social worker. I’ve always had the Idea of wanting to give back and help my community. I want my job to revolve around helping people who really need it and for those people to have hope that there will always be light at the end of the tunnel.”-Mia Abundis

Congratulations again Mia for all your hard work!


2022 Jr. Youth of the Year: Anabella Sarabia

Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside is proud to honor Anabella Sarabia as our 2022 Jr. Youth of the Year honoring her academic achievement, leadership, and contributions to the Club. 

“I have known Anabella for quite a while now and I watched her turn from being a quiet and shy person to having a very strong, independent, unique personality.” -Youth Development Professional

I have tried really hard to keep my grades up and by saying that I mean by having A’s and B’s. I have gotten Principal’s Honor Roll by having a 3.9 GPA. This would not ever have happened if I never attended Boys and Girls Club.”-Anabella

“The Boys & Girls Club has done so much for me. I remember the first day of school and I was feeling nervous and excited to attend the Club after school. I remember feeling really included because the staff were really kind and supportive. It felt really welcoming. The more I was at the Club, the more I felt I belonged there as if it was my second home. Boys and Girls Club really helped me by having good grades, learning lots of things that school never taught me, doing activities, meeting new people and so much more and honestly, I really appreciate it. Not to mention that the Boys & Girls Club has also given me a safe place with the most amazing staff ever.” -Anabella

Congratulations Bella!

2021 Youth of the Year: Diego Quiroz

Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside is proud to honor Diego Quiroz as our Youth of the Year honoring his academic achievement, leadership, and contributions to the Club.  Click here to watch a short video about Diego.

2021 Jr. Youth of the Year: Monserrat Pimentel

Monserrat Pimentel was selected as the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside 2021 Junior Youth of the Year.  Sandra Sarabia, Cunha Site Manager, introduces Monserrat and shares a photo collage of her activities at Cunha, click here to watch the video.

2019 Youth of the Year: Yamilet Caballero- Haro

Yamilet has been a Boys and Girls Club of Coastside member since she was in 6th grade and is now graduating high school next week. During her time in high school, she has achieved great things, such as winning MVP for the high school girls golf team, averaging a 3.4 GPA, and after a couple of months of volunteering at our local veterinarian hospital, she was offered a job. We chose this individual based on her hard work academically, leadership in the Club, and community involvement. Yamilet will be the first recipient to have won Jr youth of the year in 2015, and now Youth of the year 2019…..

Please welcome our 2019 Youth of the year Yamilet Caballero- Haro!

2019 Jr. Youth of the Year: Julianna Aguilar

We chose the recipient based on academic excellence, leadership in the club, and community involvement. She is also part of Ballet Folklorico Tonantzin and has demonstrated to be a role model for the Boy’s & Girls Club with the unique ability, to inspire confidence in young people. It has been our pleasure to get to know this young woman and watch her grow over the past three years, as well as sharing memorable moments during summer camp, lunchtime, and Afterschool activities. On behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside, I would like to present our 9th annual, Jr. Youth of the Year Award to Julianna Aguilar. 

Youth of the Year Winners 

2018 – Miguelangel Isidro

2017 – Joseignacio Lira

2016 – Darren A. Simser

Jr. Youth of the Year Winners 

2018 – Diego Acosta

2017 – Mitzi G. Hernandez

2017 – Michelle J. Hernandez

2016 – Wilfrido Arcada-Luna

2015 – Yamilet Caballero- Haro

2014 – Maria G. Dorantez

2013 – Louis Wooliever

2012 – Darren Simser

2011 – Julia Loegering

2010 – Emelio Espinoza