Hi, I’m Melissa! I’m a senior at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology and have been a member at Camp Mendocino for five years and the Excelsior Clubhouse for nine years. I’ve been part of the Student Council and Environmental Club at school. At the Club, I’ve been part of Camp Council, Camp 2 College, and Keystone Club. Upon graduation, I want to become a youth developer and carry on the youth movement.
Melissa represents Camp Mendocino in the BGCSF city-wide Youth of the Year program. Through Youth of the Year, Melissa has been involved in a four month long intense leadership development program that involves public speaking, one-on-one mentorship, essay writing, and team building. At the Charles Schwab Youth of the Year Event in February 2021, Melissa told her story to more than 1,000 BGCSF friends and supporters.
Camp Mendocino
2021 Youth of the Year
The Camp2College (C2C) program, a year-round program for teens, was developed in response to a need for a more year-round connection between our highest performing Leaders in Training (LITs) and Camp. C2C is a program for teens that excelled in the LIT Program, preparing them for a post-secondary education or a defined plan for after high school. The program focuses on their future and looks to assist in preparing them for next stage of their lives.

The C2C program provides Camp Mendocino teens with educational and professional opportunities both inside and out of Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco. Teens attend monthly workshops covering topics ranging from college applications to transcript evaluations to different careers. Teens also have access to Camp and BGCSF staff as a support system.

TheCamp2College (C2C) program strives to develop our young teens into the future leaders of tomorrow.



Camp Council is a focus group that brings together campers, LITs and staff to brainstorm and plan a variety of different activities, programs and ways to make Camp Mendocino an even better place to spend your summer. During the summer, members of the Camp Council will also meet with the Assistant Camp Director for Programs and Program Managers to discuss how Camp is going as well as assist with Camp events.