Los Amigos High School Student Named Orange County Youth of the Year
Los Amigos High School student Esmerelda Talavera was named the Boys & Girls Club 2015-2016 Orange County Youth of the Year. Talavera competed against 6,500 area youth and 16 other Boys & Girls Clubs in Orange County to receive the recognition and represent Garden Grove at the countywide dinner hosted recently at the Knotts Berry Farm Resort.
The Los Amigos senior was the first Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove (BGCGG) member to earn the Orange County Youth of the Year award in more than 15 years, according to Christina Sepulveda, Vice President of Programs and Services at BGCGG.
“Esmerelda has been an outstanding role model at Los Amigos and we are so proud of her for earning this exciting recognition,” said Los Amigos High School Principal Vicki Braddock.
The Youth of the Year award has been the premier recognition program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1947. The award recognizes club members who demonstrate leadership and service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles.
“The Orange County Youth of the Year award is one of my biggest accomplishments,” Talavera said. “My family is very proud of me and I am proud of myself.”
As part of the program, Talavera created a platform about the impact the Boys & Girls Club made on her life and interviewed in front of executives from Disney, Taco Bell, University of Phoenix, and Toyota.
Talavera will go on to compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the California Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She will compete in Palo Alto in April and represent Orange County among ten Boys & Girls Club Councils from across the state.
“Boys & Girls Club gave me a home where I felt comfortable and safe surrounded by people who were kind and encouraged me to become a better person every day,” Talavera said.