Toyota is proud to recognize Jocelyn W., the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2016-17 National Youth of the Year.
Jocelyn comes from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley, where she has been an active member for the last 13 years. Jocelyn grew up in an unstable home in a neighborhood where drugs, crime, and gangs were pervasive. Through her involvement with the Boys & Girls Club, she found stability and, over time, the ability to see that her current situation did not dictate her future.
“The Club has always been my home; a place that I could count on to feel safe and supported by people who love and care about me,” says Jocelyn, reflecting on the impact the Boys & Girls Club has had on her.
As a result of the support she received from her local Boys & Girls Club, Jocelyn began pushing herself to excel. When she no longer felt challenged at her school, she proactively applied to a private school. She was not only admitted, but also awarded a scholarship. She used coding skills that she learned at her club to secure internships and code her own photo-sharing app. Inspired to help teens who are struggling with the same issues she faced growing up, she spent a week in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco to better understand youth homelessness and founded the Under-represented Teen Advocacy Program (UTAP). UTAP connects Bay Area teens to available services.
Jocelyn will attend the University of Southern California next year. She plans to study Journalism and eventually become a journalist, lawyer, and entrepreneur.
Toyota congratulates Jocelyn on her accomplishments and is proud to provide her with a brand new Toyota Corolla! To learn more visit Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) Youth of the Year (YOY) program.