VCYC Executive Board

The VCYC Executive Board for 2014-2015.

The VCYC Executive Board for 2014-2015.



President

Swetha A.

West High School
Email: vcycyouthpresident@gmail.com

Hello, my name is Swetha A. and I’m currently a senior at West High School. As the President of the VCYC, my job is to oversee every event occurring and to make sure everything operates smoothly. I am in charge of leading the general body meetings as well as the executive board meetings. I personally have never felt as comfortable as I have in the VCYC than in any other organization. In the VCYC, every member has a voice and the opportunity to lead an event. We constantly encourage individuals to speak out and work together to create events that cater to the community’s needs. Not only does the VCYC provide the tools to help members brake barriers among themselves, but it also allows everyone to come together to make important decisions that could impact someone’s life in a positive way.

VCYC has allowed me to expand as a person and become more comfortable with who I am. I now enjoy leading large groups of discussion and take joy in helping others do so as well. Last year, I was the Social Chair of the VCYC and was in charge of administering socials and other activities to foster spirit within the members of this organization. Slowly building my way to a higher role in the VCYC, I had realized that I had a true passion for volunteering and collaborating with my peers. As a member of the Executive Board, I continue to promote youth volunteerism and the VCYC in hopes that this program can change a person in a similar way it had done for me. I am truly thankful for this organization for making me a more successful leader and for providing me with countless amounts of new friends. The VCYC has always been a place where the members could call home and I’m extremely excited to be a part of that ambiance for the year 2014-2015.

Outside of the VCYC, I am the President of West High’s American Red Cross Club, a volunteer at Little Company of Mary, a member on the Varsity swim team, and a participant in various school clubs. I maintain a position on my school’s principal honor roll and take part in AP classes. In my spare time I enjoy reading, listening to music, hiking, and hanging out with friends.


Vice President of Service

Gwyneth O.

Redondo Union High School
Email: vcycyouthvicepresident@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Gwyneth O. and I am a Junior at Redondo Union High School (RUHS). I am excited and honored to be the Vice President of Service at the Volunteer Center Youth Coalition (VCYC) for the 2014-2015. I enjoy an amalgam of activities including: playing lacrosse for RUHS, reading, watching movies and spending time with my friends and family.

In my two years I have been in VCYC I have been able to participate in a plethora of volunteer experiences. One of my experiences being the VolunTEEN chair, where I promoted youth volunteerism through seminars inspiring youth to be active in their communities. Also, I was the chair for the 2013 9/11 Day of Remembrance. It was an amazing experience being able to show my appreciation to veterans and people who currently are serving our country, creating a safer environment for us. Seeing their smiling faces as we served them food and bonded with them imprinted a remarkable memory and me and those members of VCYC who participated. As VP of Service I oversee all of VCYC’s service projects. These projects include our four National Days of Service: 9/11 Day of Remembrance, Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Global Youth Service Day. I cannot wait for another exciting and successful year in the VCYC.



VP of Membership

Carolyn E.

Bishop Montgomery High School
Email: vcycyouthmembership@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Carolyn and I am currently a junior at Bishop Montgomery High School. As a Vice President of Membership, it is my job to recruit members from various South Bay high schools into the VCYC. I have been a member of the VCYC for one year, and the experience and skills that I have gained are invaluable. The VCYC helped me to truly appreciate volunteering, gain confidence, become a better volunteer and leader, and allowed me to make friendships with teens of backgrounds different from my own. As a youth-led program, everyone in the VCYC possess an equal voice; together, we work to create positive change in our community. This equality unites us together as one family and is the reason why the VCYC is one of my favorite places to volunteer.

Le T.

Torrance High School
Email: vcycyouthmembership@gmail.com

My name is Le T. and I am a senior at Torrance High School. I am a VP of Membership along with my partner, Carolyn. As a VP of Membership, my duty is to recruit new promising members from schools all over the South Bay. VCYC has really given me the opportunity to make a difference in the community along with making new friendships. Outside of VCYC, I volunteer at my church every Saturday. At school, I am VP of Human Relations. I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends. I also enjoy running Cross Country. After high school, I plan to go to a four year college and fulfill my dream as a Pediatrician.



Commissioners of Finance

Troy K.

West High School
Email: vcycyouthfinance@gmail.com

My name is Troy and I am a Commissioner of Finance for the Volunteer Center Youth Coalition. I am currently a senior at West High School. This is my third year serving the VCYC as a Commissioner of Finance and I enjoy the position. My job is to create and organize fundraisers, plan and run the Ways and Means committee, and keep track of the VCYC finances. Last year, the VCYC put on many successful events and fundraisers. I hope to continue to contribute to that by collaborating with others in the VCYC. I joined the VCYC to volunteer, help others, and make a difference in the community. After high school, I intend on going to a four year university and studying abroad.

Jeannie Y.

California Academy of Math and Science
Email: vcycyouthfinance@gmail.com

My name is Jeannie and I am currently a sophomore at the California Academy of Math and Science. Since this is my second year as Commissioner of Finance, I want to surpass the amount of money we raised last year and hold more regular fundraisers. The Volunteer Center has truly changed my life. I now realize that anyone can make a difference whether it’s big or small and that there are always others that need our help. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, listening to music, and playing basketball. I hope to pursue a career along the lines of marine biology and engineering.

Secretary


Amy D.

West High School
Email: vcycyouthsecretary@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Amy and I am this year’s secretary! As secretary I am responsible for keeping everyone in the VCYC updated with minutes from our meetings. VCYC has been a truly invaluable experience for me. From meeting new people to actively participating in committee meetings, an amalgam of experiences are offered to all of those who join. A substantial chunk of my spare time is spent volunteering with various organizations such as the Little Company of Mary and my school’s CSF club, studying, and being active with various activities such as running, doing yoga, and cycling!

Kayla K.

Mira Costa High School
Email: vcycyouthsecretary@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Kayla and I am currently a sophomore at Mira Costa High School. I am one of the secretaries in the VCYC. As a secretary, my job is to take notes at meetings and inform the members what happens at those meetings. I love coming to the VCYC because you can evidently see the dedication, teamwork, and passion that the VCYC members have. Volunteering is one of my passions because I love making other people happy. In my free time, I play tennis, hang out with friends, and go to the beach. After high school, I plan to major in Psychology and continue my passion for volunteering.

Social Chairs


Kiana M.

South High School
Email: vcycyouthsocialchair@gmail.com

My name is Kiana M. and I am this year’s social chair. As social chair, I organize socials and bonding opportunities within the VCYC. The VCYC has given me the chance to create great ties and friendships within the community, better the community, develop life skills, and more. I’m so appreciative to be a part of something so rewarding. In my spare time, I play soccer, go to the beach, hang out with friends, listen to music, and basically anything to enjoy myself because I love having fun.

Shadman R.

West High School
Email: vcycyouthsocialchair@gmail.com

Hey! My name is Shadman and I am currently a junior a West Torrance High School. As one of the social chairs, my task is to ensure that the VCYC stays bonded as a unified group and to incorporate a fun, spirited environment. Alongside being an executive member for the VCYC, I am a volunteer at Beach Cities Health District, a member for VIVA, and a 2-year varsity wrestler. On my free time I love to longboard, exercise, and just hangout with friends. The ambition to be successful and make use of my youth years are what keeps me going. The Volunteer Center Youth Coalition Program has become a part of my life that I truly enjoy. I hope to pursue my dream of obtaining a job in the medical field and this program is helping me on each step of the way with aspects of leadership, responsibility, and social skills. The concept of helping our community in a positive way brings a smile to my face each and every day.

Historian


Maria C.

Carson High School
Email: vcycyouthhistorian@gmail.com

My name is Maria. I am a senior at Carson High School and I am a Historian at the VCYC. My job is to capture all of the events and memories the youth and staff have at the VCYC by taking pictures and putting them all together in a scrapbook. I contribute ideas to help make the VCYC a more memorable experience for everyone. I have been a member of the VCYC for two years now. The VCYC has allowed me to give back to the community in amazing ways. I know that all my ideas are important and I am able to make a difference. I have been able to create so many bonds with the other volunteers and I am happy to say we are all like a family. We have all watched each other grow over the amount of time we have been members at the VCYC and I can see how it has helped us become stronger leaders.

Kianna T.

Carson High School
Email: vcycyouthhistorian@gmail.com

Hello, my name is Kianna T., I am 17 and am currently a senior at Carson High School. I am ecstatic to be one of the Volunteer Center’s Historians for the 2014-2015 year. The Volunteer Center Youth Coalition gave me the opportunity to do what I love the most, volunteer. Having the privilege of being a part of such a diverse family of youth from the south bay for almost 2 years now, has given be a broader view of my purpose, and how I can change the world even through the littlest of things. Being able to give, and have self-denial to help others in need creates the most amazing feeling. Before joining the VCYC I can honestly say that I lacked in leadership skills, as well as time management, but because the VCYC allows the youth to engage within multiple leadership positions, and to put forth your perspectives; I have greatly grown within these areas. It has made such an impact in my life, giving me the motivation to help do the same for others. One of my favorite things to do is capture memories, and being able to be one of this year’s Historians has given me the opportunity to excel in my passion for photography allowing me to capture the moments for the Volunteer Center, to share with the upcoming generations of youth.

Outside of the VCYC, I am also a volunteer at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance and a member of my school’s newspaper and Habitat for Humanity clubs. I am a straight A student, and I love to learn. When I am not volunteering or studying, I like to practice playing the guitar and spend time with friends and family. One day, I hope to attend a four-year university and work in the medical field as a physician.


For more information on Youth Programs, please call Melissa McCormick, the Youth Program Coordinator, at 310-212-5009 or send an email to mmccormick.volcenter@gmail.com.