The Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) named Warner Pacific College student and Act Six Scholar, Milo Lopez '16 the 2012 Oregon Youth of the Year. A graduate of Forest Grove High School, Lopez began volunteering at BGCA of Portland as a pre-teen. He eventually became vice president and co-president of the club's Keystone Program, a chartered leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 14-18. He is currently an advisor to the program, a position normally held for programming staff.
Lopez came to Oregon with his family from Oaxaca, Mexico, at the age of seven. He battled depression after his mother was deported and he was left to live with an ailing father who worked two jobs and was rarely home. However, the BGCA became a source of community and encouragement for Lopez. Now, Milo says he wants to become someone "who is leading the way for others to find their own sense of importance, and a leader of change and opportunity."
Lopez is one of the new students named to Warner Pacific's third Act Six cadre. The leadership and scholarship initiative provides a full-tuition, full-need scholarship for promising urban leaders who want to serve in their home communities.KPTV - FOX 12