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Waterloo teen named Iowa Youth of the Year

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WATERLOO (KWWL) – Cortaz Banks a nine-year member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Black Hawk County has been named the Youth of the Year for the state of Iowa by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). In addition to winning this prestigious title, Banks will also receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Reader's Digest Foundation. He is among hundreds of Youth of the Year winners 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.

Banks will graduate from East High School in May and attend Hawkeye Community College in the Fall. Banks has a vision for his future. He has overcome obstacles throughout his entire life and won't let obstacles stop him now.

This summer, Banks will compete against other youth from states located in BGCA's Midwest Region. If named regional winner, he will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship and advance to the national competition in Washington. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 college scholarship and will be installed by President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the Oval Office.

As the founding sponsor of the Youth of the Year program, the Reader's Digest Foundation has given nearly $8 million towards BGCA and 62 teens have been selected as the National Youth of the Year.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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