Lukas Alvira Receives Coveted 2016 Youth of the Year Award

Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo announced Lukas Alvira as their 2016 Youth of the Year at an awards ceremony held at Chef’s Restaurant.

Lukas, a senior and honor roll student at Hutchinson Central Technical High School, is a gifted athlete, and true role model for his peers and younger Club members. He credits the Club with helping him excel at and have a respect of academics as well as the need to further his education. His dreams include becoming a professional athlete or working for ESPN.

Lukas is a confident young man with a real sense of responsibility. He encourages the younger members of the Club and staff can rely on his help. He takes on challenges willingly and with enthusiasm. His father, a hard working single parent whom he looks up to, motivates him to do well in any undertaking. Lukas wants to encourage more teens to utilize the Club as a place to advance their futures, to take ownership of their educational paths, to keep away from negative pressures, and to learn to care about citizenship and community as he has.

“We are so proud of Lukas and what this recognition represents. A great deal of hard work got this young man to this point and he is well prepared to move onto the next chapter of his life. A good leader leads by example and Lukas is an exceptional role model for our younger members,” said Shari McDonough, Chief Professional Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo.

After high school graduation, he plans to attend Canisius College for Sports Management. He will also represent Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo regionally for a chance at a $5,000 scholarship.

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. The program demonstrates the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. Each year, one exceptional Club youth is selected as the National Youth of the Year. Over the ensuing one-year term, he or she serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people. The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to state, regional and national levels. To achieve the title of Youth of the Year on any level, Club members must embody the values of leadership and service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles.

Our three other candidates are also wonderful Club members and role models:

Marlon Servance – Baird (Pink Shirt)

Dorian Withrow – Eggertsville (Black Tie)

Cha’Vonna Wheeler – Butler (Black Dress)