Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Oxnard teens wins Youth of the Year for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 29, 2011

Click here for the VCSTAR article about Daniel. Singled out among several outstanding local youth, Daniel Diaz, 18 of Oxnard, recently was awarded the title Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. His sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community earned the award, which is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive.

As the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program, the Youth of the Year competition recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club local organization, 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.

“Daniel is a strong and resilient young man who represents our clubs with great pride and enthusiasm,” said Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

Daniel is actively engaged in a service leadership group called Keystone, to which he volunteers many hours of community service. As part of the Keystone group, he has traveled to other states to participate in conferences and he has worked to host countless events at the Club. In addition, Daniel also participates in many other programs at the Club ranging from social recreation, the arts and music, sports, as well as academics.

This young man also has a great heart for community service. In the past he has helped plan a spaghetti dinner/fundraiser in which all of the proceeds went to another non-profit which provides relief to Haiti. Daniel and a selection of other members came up with the idea and brought in more than 100 people to help raise nearly $1,000, which went straight to those in Haiti. Daniel has also participated in many civic events throughout the year, not only representing the Club, but himself as well. The events included the annual Martin Luther King Jr. March, parades, and various speak-out events on topics from poverty and education to world hunger.

Daniel comes from a single parent home, often encountering many trials and hardships. His father left the family when Daniel was very young, which required him to feel as if he must take care of his mom. At age 17, Daniel received his first job at the Club to help provide for his family. He now lives in a four bedroom home with 12 other family members and sleeps on a couch. Daniel lives by the motto, if you want something you must work for it.

Daniel wants to be the first person in his family to go to college and travel the world. Daniel is hoping to attend the University of Miami where he will he will earn his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marine and Atmospheric Science with an emphasis in Atmospheric Physics and Meteorology. His goal is become a meteorologist, and he frequently says, “Life is always changing and so is the weather.”

One of the things that Daniel wants to do with his education is to give back to those that might be in a similar situation than he is in now, by being a mentor to young men that need a positive male figure in their lives. He understands the power of mentorship and positive influence. Due to the lack a father figure in his life one of his life goals is to be the best father that he can be to his future children.

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