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West Valley Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year 2010


We are very proud to introduce our Youth of the Year: Oswaldo Galicia. He is an amazing student, placing in the top ten percent of his senior class, and member of the Boys and Girls Club. Oswaldo has been a member for three years and has done tremendous work at his high school and for the community. He is the president of the Green-E- Club. This club is dedicated to making Canoga Park High School a healthier environment through recycling, planting trees and educating others.

He is a member of Key Club which is dedicated to community service. In his role as peer counselor he helps fellow classmates apply for college and prepare for life after high school. During his senior year he received the Bucknell Posse Civic Engagement Scholarship for Community Service and Social Issues.

In addition to his outstanding school work and community service, Oswaldo has been selected as a Scholar Athlete in Track & Field, and Cross Country in all four years he has participated. Oswaldo is captain of the Cross Country team and Track & Field Varsity teams.

Youth of the Year is a national Boys &Girls Club program that develops outstanding Club members into knowledgeable spokespersons for their Club and community. Each local Club choses a Youth of the Year based on leadership, good citzenship and civic responsibility.

The local Club candidates compete in a countywide evaluation, and the winners go to the state level. One winner per state is selected and competes at the regional level. From that group five regional finalists are chosen to participate in the annual national competition in Washington, D.C. These impressive young people are honored at a Congressional breakfast and meet the President in the White House Oval Office.

Each state Youth of the Year receives $1,000 scholarship and the national winner receives an additional scholarship of $15,000.

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My children have been a part of the West Valley Boys and Girls Club now for about six years…The staff treats every child equally and the interaction within the staff helps them run the programs smoothly…Speaking from a parent’s point of view, I feel comfortable having the administration overlook my girls. I can honestly say that it is their home away from home.

What the children don't see is that the Club is molding them into our next generation. During the school year, they are motivated to do their homework with assistance from the staff. And they also have many incentives to meet each child's ability level whether it may be in math, science, music, art, sports, leadership, etc. Overall, the club is living up to its motto - "A Positive Place for Kids".

Carmen Ochoa
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