Meet the 2017 Youth of the Year Candidates

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) is proud to announce its 2017 Youth of the Year candidates! Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for Club teens, which promotes service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. 

Each year, all Clubs select outstanding teen to compete for the honor of BGCP’s overall Youth of the Year. Youth are vetted through a series of interviews with guest judges, written essays, and a 2-minute speech.

All Portland-Metro Youth of the Year candidates receive a $500 college scholarship. The youth selected to represent Portland-Metro Clubs receives a $1000 college scholarship, then goes on to compete for the title of Oregon Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, with potential to move on to compete regionally and nationally.

The finalist who will represent Boys & Girls Clubs at the state level will be announced at the  Youth of the Year competition and brunch Friday, February 3 at the Blazers Boys & Girls Club. The brunch is free and open to the public.

Meet the Candidates

Alejandra Alvarado

Regence Club

Member for 12 Years
Senior at Grant High School

Intended Career: Spanish Teacher

Quote: “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

– Walt Disney

Mayra Estrada

Inukai Family Club

Member for 10 Years
Junior at Hillsboro High School

Intended Career: School Counselor or Elementary School Teacher

Quote: “When you make someone feel like they belong, they start to feel like giants.”

– Kevin Costner

Jonathan Contreras

Inukai Family Club

Club member for 10 years
Senior at Century High School

Intended Career: Engineering

Quote: “If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Kaleha Keena

Regence Club

Member for 10 Years
Sophomore at Roosevelt High School

Intended Career: Lawyer

Quote: “My name definites who I am. Who am I? I am Kaleha Keenan. I’m classy, never trashy. I am a young African American woman and a fugure Spelman woman.”

Samantha Arroyo

Inukai Family Club

Member for 6 Years
Senior at Hillsboro High School

Intended career: Computer Science / Engineering

Quote: “Within everyone, there is strength, beauty, and growth.”