Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, February 25, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, February 25, 2023 


Pasadena, CA – John Muir High School Senior Kafshi Bennett 
has been selected as Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena’s Youth of 
the Year. Mr. Bennett was selected as Youth of the Year after an 
extensive application process, including submission of multiple 
essays and delivery of a 3-minute speech to a panel of judges. 
The Youth of the Year program is the Boys & Girls Clubs of 
America’s premiere leadership program and focuses on Club 
involvement, community service, and personal growth. Mr. 
Bennett was selected based on his development as a leader and 
role model among younger Club members with his positivity 
and confidence, and his sportsmanship and determination as a 
member of the Club’s basketball team. 

BGCP’s Youth of the Year preparation and selection process is 
also an annual opportunity for BGCP Board members to become 
deeper involved in the Club’s youth programs. Mr. Bennett 
was supported throughout the essay-writing and interview 
process by BGCP Board member Christina Altmayer of Health 
Management Associates, Inc. Additionally, BGCP Board member 
Jeff Scofield hosted the final Youth of the Year interview 
panel at his offices at RBC Wealth Management on South Lake 

BGCP’s Youth of the Year judges included:
Dave Blazek, Guild Mortgage, BGCP Board MemberJerell Hill, Ed.D., Pacific Oaks College, BGCP Board MemberMorgan Chong Kim, Community Leader, BGCP Board MemberDenise Matthews, Philanthropist and BGCP supporterLola Osborne, City of Pasadena, BGCP Board MemberJeff Scofield, RBC Wealth Management, BGCP Board MemberSimon Waters, Suitcase Entertainment, BGCP Board Member 

Mr. Bennett will represent Pasadena at a county-wide Youth of the Year event on March 1 and 2, 
where he will compete against other Los Angeles County Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year finalists. 
The winner of the competition will then advance to statewide competition, with further regional 
and national competitions as finalists advance. 

“The Club is really proud of the growth that we have witnessed in Kafshi throughout his years at the 
Club. He sets a strong example for younger Club kids of perseverance, compassion, and leadership. 
And that’s really what the Youth of the Year competition is all about. We are thrilled that Kafshi will 
advance to the county-wide Youth of the Year competition,” remarked Lisa Cavelier, BGCP’s CEO. 

About Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena

Since 1937, the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has enriched the lives of young people in our community, 
enabling them to reach their full potential as productive, caring, healthy, and responsible 
citizens. Serving more than 2,000 youth, ages 5 – 18 annually, BGCP focuses on Academic Success, 
Healthy Lifestyle, and Good Character and Leadership. The Club experience fills the gap between 
school and home – year-round – providing a welcoming, safe and positive environment in which kids 
and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs, make friends and find encouragement 
with caring adults. The Club operates two main Clubhouse locations in Pasadena: Slavik Branch on 

E. Del Mar Blvd., and Mackenzie-Scott Branch on N. Fair Oaks Avenue; and two school-site Clubhouses 
on the Odyssey Charter Schools campuses in Pasadena and Altadena. 
BGCP 2023 Youth of the Year 
Kafshi Bennett 


Alverno Heights Academy Email: 
200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 

Odyssey Charter School 

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara 
725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001 

E-mail address: 

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill 
Arcadia High School 


180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007 

Pasadena High School 

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee 

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 396-5880 Principal: Mathew Kodama 
Arroyo Pacific Academy 


41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca,

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke St. Rita Catholic School 
E-mail address: 322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024Principal: Adela Solis (626) 355-6114 

Barnhart School 

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007 


(626) 446-5588Head of School: Tonya Beilstein Sierra Madre Elementary School 
Kindergarten - 8th grade 

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 


(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay LUISE-mail address: 
Bethany Christian School 

Sierra Madre Middle School 

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 

(626) 355-3527 

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom 
Preschool-TK-8th Grade 

E-mail address: 

Principal: Jonathon Hawes

website: www. Walden School 
Clairbourn School 74 S San Gabriel Blvd 
8400 Huntington Drive Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166San Gabriel, CA 91775 
Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172 

Weizmann Day School 

FAX: 626-286-1528 

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107 


(626) 797-0204Foothill Oaks Academy Lisa Feldman: Head of School 
822 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010 

Wilson Middle School 

(626) 301-9809 

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Principal: Nancy Lopez 

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln 

E-mail address: 
Frostig School 

Pasadena Unified School District 
971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107 351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109 
(626) 791-1255 

(626) 396-3600 Website: 
Head of School: Jenny Janetzke Arcadia Unified School District 
Email: 234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007 
(626) 821-8300 Website: 
The Gooden School 
192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 

Monrovia Unified School District 

(626) 355-2410 325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016 
Head of School, Jo-Anne Woolner 

(626) 471-2000website: Website: 

High Point Academy Duarte Unified School District 
1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010 
Pasadena, Ca. 91107 (626)599-5000Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989 Website: 

Arcadia Christian School 

La Salle College Preparatory 1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006 
3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade 
(626) 351-8951 website: 626-574-8229/626-574-0805Principal Dr. Jamal Adams Email: 
Monrovia High School Principal: Cindy Harmon 
325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 website: 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson 
Mountain Views News 80 W Sierra Madre Blvd. No. 327 Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 Office: 626.355.2737 Fax: 626.609.3285 
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