Youth of the Year

Mission Vista High School senior Ben Cabrera was named the Boys & Girls Club of Vista’s (BGCV) 2016 Youth of the Year at the annual award celebration. Ben is actively involved in volunteering with the club’s tutoring programs, Key Club, and at local soup kitchens and retirement homes. He hopes to attend a California State University or University of California school to study psychology. The distinguished award was presented by City of Vista Mayor Judy Ritter; she was accompanied by Vista City Councilmembers John Aguilera, Amanda Young Rigby, and Joe Green, as well as Youth of the Year keynote speaker Dr. Eric Chagala.

Chosen from over 1,580 BGCV members, other Youth of the Year award winners were Jessica Padilla (Madison Middle School), Fane Gerst (Vista Innovation and Design Academy), Grace Koumaras (Vista Magnet Middle School), and Angel Manuel Vasquez (Vista High School). Other award honorees included: Julie Martinez (Rancho Buena Vista High School), Tiger Green (VIDA), Yvette Ramos (Madison), Kyle Bouzida (Madison), Shane Hagerty (Madison), Joseph Large (VIDA), Keelan Kunz-Rosario (VIDA), Anna Covaliov (Vista Magnet), Cynthia Molina (Vista Magnet), Yaira Perez (Beaumont Elementary), Jose Larios (Beaumont), Aarion Swift (Maryland Elementary), Brianna Robles (Vista Academy of Performing Arts), Aleena Decoud (Grapevine Elementary), Kevin Sanchez (Maryland), Sophia Alvarez (Foothill Oak Elementary), Janett Hernandez (Breeze Hill Elementary), and Ana Mota (Maryland).


Since 1963, BGCV’s mission has been to inspire and enable all children to reach their full potential as responsible and productive citizens. The club serves over 2,400 youth ages five to 18, providing outcome-driven programs that emphasize academic success, good character, citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Learn more at