YOUTH of the Year 2018
Briana Vergara, 17, was named Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s 2018 Youth of the Year. Apanel of individuals from a diverse mix of Miami-area companies: Angela Smith with the Miami Marlins, Nelson Fraga with NCL, Erica Glick with Top Golf plus Ahbria Marshall, a former Youth of the Year, served as the judges to select this year’s Youth of the Year.
Vergara has been a member of the Kendall Club since she was in kindergarten. She and 29 other teens from Florida Boys & Girls Clubs will be competing for the State Title on April 12-14 in Sarasota. Vergara is a senior at John A. Ferguson High School with a 4.9 weighted GPA who wants to attend Florida International University and become a Civil Rights Lawyer.
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YOUTH of the Year 2017
Francisco Pividal was named Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s 2017 Youth of the Year. A panel of six individuals — one each from a diverse mix of important Miami-area companies: Swire Properties, Enterprise Holdings, Ross Stores, Miami Marlins, NCL and Coca-Cola — plus one past Youth of the Year, served as the seven judges to select the Youth of the Year.
Pividal has been a member of the Kendall Club for the past six years. He will be representing Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade at the state level competition, April 6–8, in Orlando.
Since its inception almost 75 years ago, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade (BGCMD) has provided children of all backgrounds with the opportunity to grow and realize their dreams. To celebrate the accomplishments of former Boys & Girls Club members, BGCMD will host its first annual throwback “Where It All Began” Alumni Hall of Fame Induction event on February 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Hank Kline Club located at 2805 SW 32nd Ave., Miami, FL 33133. Event Information >
The event will honor BGCMD alumni who have gone on to make major contributions in their fields, from sports and entertainment to business and medicine, from politics and justice to art and education. Their stories are very different, but all begin the same way: with the life-changing programs, caring and attentive staff, and fun and safety of a local Boys & Girls Club. To nominate a Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade member, click here.
YOUTH of the Year 2013
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, is pleased to announce that 17-year-old South Miami resident Adrian Abreu has been selected as the organization’s 2013 Youth of the Year. Abreu, who is active at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Hank Kline Club, was selected from among many honorable nominees, including winners from the organization’s four other clubs.
Since he was 8 years old, Abreu, who is profoundly deaf, has been active at the Hank Kline Club. “The club changed my life and helped me learn many new things,” he said. “Being a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has made me realize that it’s OK to be different.”
YOUTH of the Year 2012
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Youth of the Year 18-year-old Ahbria Marshall of the Northwest Club was honored this year as our Weekend Marlins first pitch ball thrower on June 22 game. Marshall, who is in theTop 4 in Florida Youth of the Year, has been a Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade member since she was in 2nd grade. She is active in Girl Scouts, and a member of the 4-H Club.
She helped launch the Cultural Arts Program at the organization’s Northwest Club, and was active in the after school enrichment program offered at that club, which works to bring awareness of health, fitness, nutrition and the upkeep of animals and plants at the club. Marshall graduated magna cum laude from Miami Northwestern Senior High School this year, and will be attending Florida International University in Miami in the fall. Her ambition is to become a newscaster.
Luis Concepcion, 2010 Florida Youth of the Year Award Finalist
Luis Concepcion, 18, graduated on June 2010 from Coral Gables High School and is a Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Hank Kline Club member since he was 7 years old. Luis was one of the four finalists at the Florida Youth of the Year State Competition in Sarasota, Florida held on April 12, 2010. For the past three years, he has been chosen as the Organizational Winner to represent the Clubs of Miami- Dade. As a finalist, Concepcion was awarded $1,000 educational scholarship sponsored by the Florida Alliance Group.
The Youth of the Year Award is the highest honor that a young man or woman can earn in the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement. The event features more than 28 youths, ages 14-18, from different Boys & Girls Clubs of Florida. Applicants are screened and judged on leadership qualities and services exhibited through: home and family, moral character, community, school, service to club, life goals, obstacles overcome, essays, poise and public speaking.
Being selected one of the finalist was a great honor. This experience was a real eye opener. It reminded me that we all face obstacles but we have to keep moving forward to reach success,â said Concepcion, who is planning to attend Florida Atlantic University to study Writing and one day become a Composer.
We are honored to have a young man like Luis involved in the Boys & Girls Clubs movement. He is a true Champion and we wish him the very best.
Cesar L. Alvarez currently serves as the Chairman of Greenberg Traurig. Prior to this appointment, Cesar served the firm as its Executive Chairman for more than 3 year, and as its Chief Executive Office for 13 years. He began his tenure as CEO in 1997 when the firm had 325 lawyers in eight offices and directed the firm through its growth to approximately 1850 attorneys and government professionals in more than 30 locations in the United States, Europe and Asia, including strategic alliances in Milan and Rome, Italy. The firm has been recognized as the fastest growing law firm in the United States and is the 7th largest law firm in the country. In addition, Chambers and Partners, world leaders in client-led intelligence on the legal profession, through a panel of independent judges, selected Greenberg Traurig as “2007 U.S. Law Firm of the Year.” In 2008, Cesar was honored by Chambers and Partners with its “Lifetime Achievement Award” and by the American Bar Association (ABA) with their “Spirit of Excellence.” Cesar served as the first ABA Chair (2010-2013) of the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities.
In 1960, Cesar and his family fled Communist Cuba and immigrated to the United States as political refugees. Within a week of reaching the United States, Cesar’s father told him and his siblings that they were never returning to Cuba. They should always remember and be proud of their Cuban and Hispanic heritage, assimilate into the American culture, become Americans, and take advantage of the opportunities provided by this country.
As a way of integrating Cesar in the American way of life and teaching him the benefits of competitive sports, his parents discovered the Northwest Boys’ Club as it was then known, a few blocks from their home. Cesar and his brothers were welcomed with open arms and for the next 4 years of his life, the Boys’ Club was his second home and one that taught him sportsmanship, teamwork, hard work and a passion for success.
The family had very modest means, but made college and professional education a mandatory family value. Cesar received his Bachelor’s, MBA and law degrees from the University of Florida. These degrees were financed by a $10,000 loan from the United States government. It was the opportunity to get an education provided to him that allowed him to become a lawyer and eventually be the first Hispanic to lead and build a top 10 law firm in the United States.