Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year
Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all 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. Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports. This year, our Youth of the Year is Fernando Aguilar.
Fernando aspires to be a music teacher or a music conductor. He is 17 years old and a senior at Cathedral City High School. He has been a Teen Center Club member for the last three years.
He is an active member of the Keystone Club and the Junior Staff program. He has put in countless hours volunteering at the Club. As Youth of the Year, he will be receiving a $30,000 scholarship from the Bremer Foundation for 4 years of college. At Cathedral City High School he is a member of the band and choir and has traveled to various cities abroad and in the states with these groups. He is also the founder of a community service club called Project X.
Fernando is very passionate about serving the community and he has done various projects with this club. Fernando is also instrumental in helping his school establish the first boys’ volleyball team.
Beyond high school, Fernando aspires to earn a degree in music. He applied to various universities. He has yet to decide, but has been accepted to UCI, Oregon and Cal Poly Pomona. Fernando hopes to continue to inspire others through his love of Music.
Junior Youth of the Year
Dulce Cabriales & Tiffany Xa
Junior Youth of the Year seeks to develop junior leaders ages 10-13 within the Club environment. The program fosters Club members’ emerging leadership abilities while preparing them for later participation in the Youth of the Year program.
In addition to recognizing the leadership achievements of Club youth, Junior Youth of the Year also cultivates their leadership potential, providing the foundation they need for advanced leadership development, academic excellence and postsecondary success.
Through this program, Club youth become motivated to seek opportunities for leadership and to act as responsible citizens and change agents.
This year, the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs is pleased to announce two Junior YOYs. Dulce Cabriales is a 12 year old 6th grader at Cielo Vista Charter School. She has attended the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs the past 5 years. Although Math is her favorite subject she strives to maintain straight A’s on her report card. She is very outgoing and a natural athlete who hopes to become the first professional female football player one day.
She loves to help and participate in every activity at the Club and throughout the community. She is ahead of her class both academically and athletically.
Tiffany Xa is a 12 year old 6th grader at James Workman Middle School. Tiffany has attended the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs for 6 years. Tiffany’s older sister An is her greatest role model. She has taught her about the value of integrity, motivation and determination.
Theater and the arts are Tiffany’s greatest passion. She is an aspiring writer who plans on joining the Palm Springs Writer’s Guild and become well recognized throughout the valley.