Boys & Girls Club of Benton/Franklin Counties Celebrates Youth of the Year

<p>Sebastian Castilleja</p>

Sebastian Castilleja

Kids from high school, middle and elementary schools gather at the Boys and Girls Club in Pasco today to celebrate their accomplishments in competing in the Youth of the Year recognition program.

The program promotes service to the community and family, academic goals, strong moral character and much more.

Youth compete in multiple levels with the ultimate goal being named Youth of the Year for Benton and Franklin Counties.

This year's Youth of the Year is Sebastian "Zebbie" Castilleja of Prosser.

He says being Youth of the Year is a proud accomplishment.

"Being a role model to the kids here at the club is really important to me because I know I didn't really have a role model in my life until I actually came to the club and the club director there really was like a mentor to me," Castilleja adds.

Kids had an opportunity to enjoy pizza and play in a mobile game theater as part of today's Youth of the Year celebration.