Outstanding Monterey Park teen named ‘2019 Los Angeles County Youth of the Year’

TiLi Rios, left, and Nick Koontz, Boys & Girls Club Teen Center director.


A longtime member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley, TiLi Rios earns title and scholarships.  

Nominated among thousands of outstanding youth, TiLi Rios has been named the 2019 Youth of the Year for Los Angeles County. For 72 years, Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation have nominated individuals who have shown exceptional leadership skills, service to their community, and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. The Youth of the Year Award recognizes the nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their paths to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed, and inspire.

“We are incredibly proud of TiLi and his courage to tell his story and his passion to be a role model to other kids” said JR Dzubak, CEO. “Earning the title of Youth of the Year is a lifelong honor, and we could not be more excited to have TiLi represent the club and serve as the spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs across Los Angeles County.”

TiLi has been an extraordinary member of the Boys & Girls Club in Monterey Park since 2015 and is an active participant in programs such as Brent’s Club (a teen group for drug & alcohol prevention), LIT (Leaders in Training), Torch Club & Keystone Club (leadership development activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation, and community service), Notes for Notes, and College Bound.

TiLi delivers a powerful message in his story about how to be resilient and persevere in the face of difficult circumstances. For months, he prepared to tell his story in hope of being chosen to represent Los Angeles and to move on to contend for regional and national titles. His ambitions were realized at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel, when TiLi and another member were selected as the 2019 Youth of the Year for Los Angeles County and would move on to compete in Sacramento to represent all of California on the national stage. Although a runner up in the state competition, he is determined to continue to tell his story in order to be a role model and inspiration to other kids, especially those who are going through similar difficulties as he did. For his accomplishments, TiLi was awarded a $5,000 college scholarship from the Boys & Girls Club of America which will support him in his next steps as he attends East Los Angeles College in the fall of 2019.

The Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by The Walt Disney Company, who has supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota is the Signature Sponsor of the national Youth of the Year program. For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.youthoftheyear.org.

For pictures of the events and to read an in-depth interview with TiLi, follow the Boys & Girls Club on Facebook @wsgvbgc, and visit www.wsgvbgc.org/yoy2019.


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Apr 2020


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