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Francisco Perez Named 2015 Youth of the Year

The Board of Trustees and staff of the Boys and Girls Club of West Springfield is proud to announce that Francisco Perez has been chosen as the Club’s 2015 Youth of the Year winner. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. 

As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club., as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. The Youth of the Year program encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. 

Francisco has volunteered in a variety of youth development and recreational activities in and out of the Boys & Girls Club, working with youth ages 6 to 9. He has also participated in the Pathways to Prosperity program at his high school where he helped at the Springfield Open Food Pantry, and the West Springfield Senior Center. 

In addition, Francisco also volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of West Springfield, helping with activities and events before coming on board as a part time staff member. 

Currently a sophomore at West Springfield High School, Francisco is set to graduate in June of 2017. His future plans and goals after graduating include attending Roger Williams University and majoring in Marine Biology. 

Dan D’Angelo, Executive Director for the Club said, “We are very proud and honored to have Francisco as our 2015 Youth of the Year.” “Francisco has demonstrated so many positive qualities; he is caring, responsible, trustworthy, reliable, respectful and a true role model for our youth” “Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures do start at the Boys & Girls Clubs”.