White City Boys & Girls Club member is Rogue Valley Youth of Year

Eduardo Hernandez
Eduardo Hernandez

Eduardo Hernandez is a true example of an extraordinary young man. At age 16, he has just been selected to compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Oregon 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 the Rogue Valley, Hernandez 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.

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 the Reader’s Digest
Foundation.

Hernandez is a Junior at Eagle Point High School. He
has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club in White City since
2004. Hernandez is actively involved in the Sparrow Club, Link Crew,
and runs the Chess Club at the Boys & Girls Club. He is in the top
25% of his high school class, and next year plans on running for All
Student Body President."We are very excited to have Ed represent our
Clubs at the state competition. Ed is a great role model for all of the
younger Club members. He has worked very hard to get this far, and we
are so proud of him," said Jessie Lenford, Program Director, White City
Boys & Girls Club. If Hernandez wins at the state competition, he
will compete for the title of Pacific Northwest Region Youth of the
Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship. The five regional winners
will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2009, 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.
 

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