About Lesly Hernandez:
Lesly joined the Club when she was seven years old because she needed help with her homework. However, Lesly quickly realized the Club was a place she never wanted to leave; and she never did. Lesly has been a member for ten years and within those years, the Club provided her with countless leadership opportunities that impacted her to be the better version of herself for her community.
Lesly has been a part of many different organizations such as AmeriCorps and Junior Ambassadors but her most favorite leadership role is her role within Keystone. She is currently the Keystone President for United Keystone in Garden Grove in which she takes pride in leading. Keystone has opened doors for Lesly to be part of many college tours which has made her excited to continue her academic success. Her future plans are to attend the California State University of Dominguez Hills, purse a bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management with a minor in Computer Science, and have a career at Google Headquarters or Healthcare Service Administration.
National Youth of the Year:
Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports.
Becoming National Youth of the Year is an exciting and inspiring journey. Each year, thousands of Club teens participate in local, state and regional Youth of the Year events. Six teens, including five regional winners and a national military youth winner, advance to Washington, D.C., for the National Youth of the Year Gala & Celebration Dinner, where one outstanding young person is named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national teen spokesperson. The National Youth of the Year is a role model, leader and advocate for the nearly 4 million youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs each year, and all of America’s young people.