Youth of the Year Finalist: Armando Lopez

Armando Lopez was a 2019 Youth of the Year finalist and was an active member of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio for six years attending both the Eastside and Mays Family Clubhouses. While a Club member, he participated in Keystone, robotics, Link and Jr. Staff.  However, his favorite Club activity by far was his experience as a member of the Eastside polo team. During his two years on the polo team, Armando learned to exercise compassion, he gained valuable leadership skills, and he learned how to work as part of a team.

 

Transitioning from Mexico to the US at a young age, Armando endured many struggles over the years but that never stopped his drive to succeed. Armando plans to use what he has learned from his travels, hardships, and experiences from the Club to make the world a better place.

 

Armando is currently serving in the US Navy where he is pursuing a career in the medical or dental services field.

Youth of the Year Armando Lopez

Youth of the Year: Aaliyah Glover

Aaliyah Glover was named the 2019 Youth of the Year during the 2nd Annual Youth of the Year Gala at the Mays Family Clubhouse. Aaliyah was a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio for 11 years, a medaled swimmer, and team captain of her school’s varsity swim team. She first discovered her passion for swimming at the age of seven during swim lessons at the Calderon Clubhouse on San Antonio’s Westside. Aaliyah is now a freshman at Texas A&M University where she is studying to become either a neuroscientist or a cardiologist.

 

During her speech at the Youth of the Year Gala, Aaliyah took a moment to thank everyone for her Club experience.

 

“I want to say thank the Boys & Girls Club for giving me opportunities of a lifetime. Things that I will take with me to college and in my future. You gave me the chance to really find myself.”

Youth of the Year Aaliyah Glover

Youth of the Year Finalist: Madison Castillo

Madison Castillo was a 2019 Youth of the Year finalist and attended the Club for eight years. As an active member of Teen Center, Madison proved to be a leader in her community volunteering with Good Samaritan, The Strong Foundation and St. Timothy’s completing over 100 hours of community service.  Self-driven and motivated, she participated in multiple leadership and character building programs at the Club while also playing volleyball, running track and maintaining a 3.7 GPA in honors and dual credit classes.

 

In addition to receiving her high school diploma, Madison graduated with an Associate Degree from San Antonio College. She is currently attending St. Mary’s University where she plans to pursue a degree in Law.