New York State 2018 Youth of the Year
We are pleased to celebrate Larissa Izaguirre, our very own New York State 2018 Youth of the Year. Teens who earn the Youth of the Year (YOY) title embody the values of leadership, service, character, and academic excellence. Larissa, a natural leader with a talent for public speaking, was chosen after a rigorous selection process to represent Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club in the New York State YOY competition. This summer, Larissa will represent New York in the regionals.
A senior at Locust Valley High School, Larissa lives in Bayville and is graduating with an IB Diploma and an A+ average. A member of the National Honors Society and the National Spanish Honors Society, Larissa’s teachers have praised her for her intelligence and dedication. She is the captain of the LVHS Kickline Team and a performer in the Spring Musical. At school, Larissa leads by example in her willingness to help others and in her belief that she “was put on this planet to make a difference.”
As an active member of the Club for more than eleven years, Larissa has participated in many programs including College Prep, City Club and Money Matters. Larissa wants to encourage other teens to stay involved in the Club and to actively participate in the opportunities offered there. “The Club has gifted me with the resources I need to succeed in every aspect of my life and I am forever grateful.”
As vice president of the Keystone Club, Grenville Baker’s community service and leadership organization, Larissa has performed more than 100 hours of service every year in high school. Larissa has served food at local soup kitchens, rebuilt homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, and coordinated food drives. As vice president, she has planned Club events, organized volunteers and coordinated service projects. She was selected to attend Keystone’s national conference in Orlando, Dallas, and Chicago.
This fall Larissa will attend Gaucher College in Baltimore, becoming the second member of her family to go to college, following in the footsteps of her older sister.