Castulo “Casey” Tijerina III is a true example of an extraordinary young man. At age 17, he has been selected to compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Texas Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 scholarship from Reader’s Digest Foundation. As the Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of McAllen, Tijerina is among hundreds of local youth across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America(BGCA) for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. This program was founded over 60 years ago through the generosity of the Reader’s Digest Foundation.

“Casey” is a senior at Memorial High School and will be graduating this year. He has been a Boys & Girls Club of McAllen club member for over 10 years and participated in various community service projects and events such as KMB clean-ups, Project Reforestation and HESTEC. At present, Casey is a member of the Glen E. and Rita K. Roney Center located at 4501 North 34th Street where he enjoys playing basketball with his friends and Club members. Casey is son of Sally Tijerina and brother to Monique T. Ramirez and Chantel Tijerina.

“We are proud that Casey will represent us at the regional competition. He is a product of the many mentors in his life that have shaped his positive character. No one has been more influential than his mother who is also one of our youth development professionals, “ said Laura Reagan-Porras, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Club of McAllen.

If Tijerina wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of Southwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship.