VCYC Executive Board

VCYC Executive Board 2015- 2016



Carolyn E.

Bishop Montgomery High School

Hello, my name is Carolyn E. and I am currently a senior at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance. Volunteering is one of my passions outside of the classroom because I enjoy helping to improve my community and the lives of others. In the past, I have assisted teaching bible study at my church and helped middle school youth clean a community garden. I am currently volunteering at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance and have been a member of VCYC for over two years. In the past, I have chaired two committees and served as the Vice President of Membership. I am very, very active in the VCYC, attending as many meetings as I possibly can and participating in almost every committee. I am proud to say that I will be serving as VCYC President for the 2015-2016 year and am glad to help guide my peers in what I hope is a memorable and service-filled year.

In a world where many youth doubt their abilities, the message that the VCYC brings to the community is an important one: young people have the power to create a difference. That is why members of the VCYC advocate for youth volunteerism in the community, whether it be through talking with a friend about helping with a national day of service event, partnering with local organizations that need youth volunteers, or going to local schools and giving students the power to find a place to volunteer that is worthwhile. In addition, members learn and teach lifelong skills such as teamwork, organization, public speaking, leadership, and caring for the needs of others. The shared passion for volunteering and camaraderie among members makes VCYC feel like more of a second home. I can proudly say that both the members and the executive board are excited to work hard and reach new heights in service and outreach for this year!

Vice President of Service

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Gwyneth O.

Redondo Union High School

Hi, my name is Gwyneth O. and I am a senior 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 second year in a row. I enjoy an amalgam of activities including: playing lacrosse for RUHS, reading, watching movies and spending time with my friends and family.

In my three 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

Lourdes L.

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Bishop Montgomery High School

Hi, my name is Lourdes and I am a senior at Bishop Montgomery High School. As one of the Vice Presidents of Membership, it is my job to recruit high schoolers from throughout the South Bay to join the VCYC. I have been a member of the VCYC for a little over a year, and the memories and experiences that I have made have truly changed my life. Through the VCYC, I learned to appreciate volunteering on a new level than I previously did, gained confidence in my leadership skills, and became friends with teens from throughout the South Bay that share a similar passion for volunteering as I do. Outside of the VCYC I am the president of Bishop Montgomery’s National Honor Society, the co-editor in chief of the school newspaper, a peer leader at my church, and a member of BMHS’s golf team. In my spare time I can be found at Disneyland with my friends and family, studying, working on my photography skills, or hanging out with my two dogs. I am really looking forward to another successful year at the VCYC, and cannot wait to see what we accomplish!


April H.

Torrance High School

Hi I’m April and I am a senior at Torrance High School. In VCYC I have gained a lot of leadership skills over the past two years I have been in it and I’ve made so many friends with students from all over the South Bay. I really enjoy being in this program and working with the other members on volunteer projects in the community. Along with my AP classes, cross country and part time job, I always find time for VCYC because it’s a big part of my life and I’m happy to be an active member in it.

Commissioners of Finance


Annabelle M.

Mira Costa High School

My name is Annabelle and I am currently a Junior at Mira Costa High School. This is my first year serving on the Executive Board at the VCYC,  however I have been a part of this organization since my freshman year. I am excited for my position this year and hope to come up with new fundraisers and help Jeannie in creating a fundraising calendar. The VCYC has taught me that small steps in planning and small ideas can lead to big changes and events in the community. In my free time, I enjoy playing the trumpet in the marching band during fall season and skiing in the winter months. In the future, I hope to major in Biochemistry and pursue a career related to this major.


Jeannie Y.

California Academy of Math and Science

My name is Jeannie and I am currently a junior at the California Academy of Math and Science. As a third-time Commissioner of Finance, I have even higher goals and expectations I hope the VCYC will be able to meet. I want to surpass the amount of money we raised last year and create a fundraising calendar. I have been in the Volunteer Center Youth Coalition since 8th grade and I have grown tremendously in every way possible. 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. I enjoy watching movies and listening to One Direction in my free time and in the future, I hope to pursue a career related to engineering and/or marine biology.



Idiuso O.

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My name is Idiuso and I am this year’s secretary. My job as secretary is to make sure that everyone in VCYC is up-to-date from our meetings as I write and email the minutes. Through VCYC, I have grown to love and have a passion for volunteering. Additionally, I have improved in my volunteering and social skills. I love helping others and I believe that VCYC is the perfect center for teens in high school to get active and become involved in their community. Other than school and Color guard, I spend most of my time volunteering at VCYC, Torrance Memorial, Harbor City Library, and the Red Cross Club.


Tara T.

Torrance High School
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My name is Tara T. and I am currently a senior at Torrance High School. I am one of the VCYC secretaries, along with my partner Idiuso.

Our job is to keep members updated by keeping minutes organized from both Executive and General Body Meetings. Through VCYC, I have found my voice. Because the organization is entirely youth led, I have been able to feel as if I am making a difference my sharing my ideas. I have met many new friends from various schools and feel very at home each time I attend an event. Outside of VCYC, I am president of my school’s environmental club. I enjoy running Cross Country and hanging out with my friends. After high school, I plan on attending a four-year university and majoring in Psychology.

Social Chairs


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Torrance High School

My name is Hannah, and I am currently a senior attending Torrance High School.  As one of the VCYC social chairs along with Kayla, I help plan socials for the members of the youth coalition. I have been a member of VCYC for 6 months, and through this short time the program has shaped me into an even greater person. Outside of the Volunteer Center, I am part of my school’s cross country and track and field program, act as captain on the Speech and Debate team, and serve as Vice President of Feminist Club and historian for the National Honors Society.  I also am a company member of San Pedro’s community theater Little Fish Theatre.


Kayla N.

Redondo Union High School
Email: vcycyouthsocialchair@gmail.comKayla Pic

My name is Kayla N. and I’m a senior at Redondo Union High School. As a Social Chair, I, along with my co-Chair Hannah, plan and organize all socials and bonding events for the VCYC. We also coordinate unity and friendly competition between the three families; Alpha, Delta, and Psi, in VCYC. I have been a member for two years and have enjoyed all of it. I most enjoy having a place to grow as a person and as a leader. All the friends I’ve met here have been so kind and so fun to be around. Additionally, I’ve thrived as leader and I am more vocal about my opinions. I also take on more responsibilities and I possess more initiative to see things through. I truly feel that I am more prepared for the demands of the future as a result of my time at VCYC. Besides VCYC, I am also a Writing Director for my school newspaper, the High Tide. I have been on the staff there for all four years and love the ability to be around such genuine and nice people. I play defense on the varsity girl’s lacrosse team and in my free time have been working to complete my Girl Scout Gold Award.



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