EL PASO — El Paso teen Cesar Frutos left early Friday morning for his state bout. The Boys & Girls Club says he is a true example of an extraordinary young man. At age 15, he was selected to compete against other Boys & Girls Club (BGC) members for the Texas Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 scholarship from the Reader’s Digest Foundation.
As the Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso, Frutos is among hundreds of local youth across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. Frutos will be representing El Paso at the West Texas Area Council competition Saturday, March 23 in Lubbock.
The organization says 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 60 years ago through the generosity of Reader’s Digest.
According to the club, Cesar Frutos has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso, Travis Petty Unit, for three and a half years and is a sophomore at Bowie High School. He aspires to attend the University of Texas at El Paso and become an architect in the future due to his excellence in drawing and mathematics. While attending Bowie High School, Frutos is an AP student and participates in baseball. Frutos is also president of the BGC Keystone Club, Travis Petty Unit, and facilitates community outreach projects that engage other Club youth to give back to the community. As Keystone President, Frutos has executed community presentations, such as; drug prevention, continuing education, and child trafficking to teenagers and other community groups.
“We are very excited to have Cesar representing El Paso. He is a prime example of what it takes to be an outstanding Club member and personifies our mission of being a caring and responsible citizen,” said Arturo Jaime, Chief Professional Officer - Boys & Girls Club of El Paso.
If Frutos wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of Southwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship. The five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2013 to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 college scholarship and is installed by the President in an Oval Office ceremony.