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Announcing our 2017 Youth of the Year, Melanie Fontelera


2017 Youth of the Year, Melanie Fontelera with volunteer judges, Rich Gros, Chief HR Officer of Mattel; Vera Jimenez, Meteorologist of KTLA 5 News; Chay Lapin, Senior VP of Kay Properties and Investments LLC; Susie Bender Shultz; Hal D. Snyder, VP of HR, Diversity & Inclusion of SoCalGas, and Laurel Ulrich, Managing Director of Marsh USA.


We are proud to announce Melanie Fontelera of our San Pedro Boys & Girls Club at the 2017 Los Angeles Harbor Youth of the Year!

Read Melanie’s story HERE.

Thank you to Mattel, Inc. for hosting our Youth of the Year Celebration on December 1, 2016 at their headquarters in El Segundo. Mattel Executive Vice President & Chief Strategic Technology Officer, Geoff Walker, inspired our students with his keynote address.

Thank you also to our volunteer judges:

Rich Gros, Chief HR Officer of Mattel Vera Jimenez, Meteorologist of KTLA 5 News Chay Lapin, Senior VP of Kay Properties and Investments, LLC Susie Bender Shultz Hal D. Snyder, VP of HR, Diversity & Inclusion of SoCalGas Chief Ralph M. Terrazas of the Los Angeles Fire Department Laurel Ulrich, Managing Director of Marsh USA

Thank you everyone who attended and supported. If you would like to continue supporting programs like Youth of the Year, please CLICK HERE to contribute. All donations will automatically be doubled thanks to our $500,000 matching grant opportunity.

Our three Youth of the Year candidates: Melanie Fontelera of our San Pedro Club, Leonardo Soto of our Port of LA Club, and Janely Mena of our Wilmington Club.







Keynote speaker Mattel Executive Vice President & Chief Strategic Technology Officer, Geoff Walker.








Youth of the Year Event Chair, Rosa Pesenti, receiving a token of appreciation from our youth.



Executive Director Mike Lansing congratulating 2017 Youth of the Year Melanie Fontelera.


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