We are proud to announce that Joshua Hing, 17, a member of our Slavik Branch, will vie for the title of Los Angeles County Youth of the Year next month against 26 other Club kids, one from each of the Clubs that comprise the Boys & Girls Club of America Los Angeles County Alliance. Youth of the Year is the BGCA’s premier youth recognition program and recognizes members’ outstanding contributions to their family, school, community, and Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles they have overcome.
Joshua, one of seven Club members in the running for this honor, is a senior at Blair International Baccalaureate High School and boasts a 4.0 GPA. He has been attending the Boys & Girls Club for six years. Joshua hopes to attend San Jose State University and pursue his goal of becoming a clinical dietician and personal trainer.
Josh is a member of ROP Health Care, Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA) and senior class representative of Blair Health Careers Academy. Josh has interned at Kaiser Permanente and is currently interning at Huntington Hospital. He is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and helping others live a healthy lifestyle. He enjoys playing basketball and getting involved in student leadership and has been a club member for six years.
The Los Angeles County YOY winner will be announced March 25 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. That winner will advance to state competition, followed by regional and national competition, which takes place in Washington D.C. later this year.
We would also like to send out a special thank you to our Youth of the Year judges, who had the difficult task of choosing just one member from an outstanding pool of candidates. They were Nancy Spears, chairman of the Club’s Board of Directors, Commanders Ed Calatayud and Cheryl Moody of the Pasadena Police Department, Vannia De La Cuba, field representative for Pasadena City Councilman Victor Gordo, Mikala Rahn, member of the Pasadena Unified School District, Cristina Bastida, of Nestle’s Community Affairs department, and Club alumnus Jashad Tillmon of Kaiser Permanente.