Ruben Ruvalcaba, 17, is the 2012 Youth of the Year.
The East Palo Alto resident is a senior at Eastside College Prep right now and has been involved in the Boys & Girls Club since 2003. Ruvalcaba said he wants to go to Santa Clara University for his undergraduate degree.
The BGCP Youth of the Year receives a plaque and a $1,500 scholarship from BGCP.
“This isn’t about a winner or a loser," said Peter Fortenbaugh, executive director of the BCCP.
“It’s about the process of having kids learn to articulate life goals, speak in public, and have one-on-one interviews with a senior executive. It’s not just a beauty contest."
Read more about what they had to do to qualify for the nomination