(Edinburg)(January 23, 2013)- Alexander Arredondo was selected Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV at the Annual “Steak” In Your Community on January 12, 2013. Along with the title, Arredondo will also receive a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of the Tom & Jody Aderhold Endowed Youth of the Year Scholarship Program.
Arredondo is among hundreds of local youth across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. This program was founded over 61 years ago through the generosity of the Reader’s Digest Foundation.
Arredondo has been involved in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV for the past three years. He is currently a senior in High School and an active volunteer with the Club, serving over 250 hours this year alone.
The top three finalists were third place Jorge Zuniga, second place Adrianita Salas, and the Youth of the Year Alexander Arredondo. Each will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00, $500.00 and $250.00 respectively. Other contenders were Celina Solis, Janice Montemayor, Claudia Arenas, Kayla Tamez and Elizabeth Tamez.
“I’m so excited that this year we had 8 outstanding recipients, that each had a very impactful presentation, that showed how much the club helps young people move closer to their future dreams and aspirations. I commend Alex for so eloquently sharing his journey and I’m excited that he now, with the help of this scholarship will reach his educational destination,” said Sabrina Walker-Hernandez, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV.
Judges in the Youth of the Year Competition included Todd Miller – First National Bank, Millie Smith- First National Bank, Yvonne Huerta-Lone Star National Bank, Dr. Pablo Tagle – Chiropractic Wellness and Spa Center and Carlos Guerra-La Muneca Cattle Co.
Since 1969, the Boys & Girls Club has played an integral role in the Edinburg community, providing daily programs and services to over 18,000 young people. During the School year the Club is open Monday – Friday, 3:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and during the summer the hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Club has moved its main site and administration to its new building the Legacy Center located at 702 Cullen Street (Rogers and 281). The Club offers programs that emphasize character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and sport, fitness and recreation. If you would like to learn more about our joining the Club, about how to join our team of professionals, or about our programs call 956.383.2582 or visit our website www.edinburgkids.com.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Edinburg Rio Grande Valley is a proud City of Edinburg partner and a United Way of South Texas Agency.