Local youth Josh Kornbeck has been named Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe.
Josh, 16, has been a member at the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe for the past nine years, a press release stated. While at the club, he enjoys football, baseball, basketball, dodge ball, BMX, keystone club (a teen leadership group), and time in the computer lab. He was recognized for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Josh has dealt with many struggles in his life and uses these past experiences to fuel his determination for his future. He has also volunteered for nearly every event put on by BGCLT, including running a snack bar for the BMX track during their state race, running a car wash at Les Schwabb during their car show and being a junior judge during the wooden boat show. During the week days at the club during the summer, he helped serve and run spaghetti feeds, taught young members how to play baseball with its Jr. Giants program, served and cleaned up after breakfast and lunch, and helped with snack bar, djembe drum program, and marching band drumming.
Josh will graduate from South Tahoe High School in 2016. He plans to start taking culinary classes at Lake Tahoe Community College this summer. Once he has taken as many culinary classes at LTCC as possible, he plans to transfer to a culinary school
He will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the California Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive, a press release stated. 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. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.
If Josh wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. 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 will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.