Garcia moves on to compete for California Youth of the Year

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boys & girls club youth of the yearOn Monday, February 22, Jasmin Garcia, Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach, progressed to the semi-finals in the Youth of the Year Competition for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  At Monday’s event, Garcia went up against 15 other youth from LA County in a speech and interview competition held at J Lounge Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles.

Jasmin was one of only two chosen to advance to the next level earning a trip to Sacramento to compete against other semi-finalists from all over the state.  The winner of the semi-finals will go on to represent the entire state of California in the Pacific Regional competition in July.

Garcia is a stand out senior at Lakewood High School with dreams of one day attending Yale Law School. She is enrolled in numerous advanced placement classes, is a member of the student council, the Merit Scholar Academy (an honors program at Lakewood) and ELLAS (a program designed to empower young Latina women).

All the while, she still finds the time to take a forty-five minute bus ride everyday after school to get to the Boys & Girls Club where she is actively involved. She currently holds the title of Keystone President and has volunteered well over 400 hours at the Clubs and in the community. She spends every day mentoring the younger members whom she credits for being the reason why she loves the Clubs so much.

“We are thrilled that Jasmin has made it to the semi-finals.” said Executive Director, Don Rodriguez.  “We couldn’t pick a better person to represent us. She is an outstanding Club member and a wonderful young woman. We are very proud of her.”

For 70 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach have provided after school programs for youth from ages 6 to 18.  Offering over 20 programs in five Core Program Areas: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Preparation; the Arts and Culture; Health and Life Skills; and Fitness, Sports, and Recreation, the Clubs serve over 5,800 youth per year at 11 locations throughout the city.

Call 562-595-5945 for additional information about the Youth of the Year or to find the Boys & Girls Club nearest you.

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