Sixteen remarkable youth were recognized for their leadership in the first ever Building Healthy Communities/LULAC leadership award. It was a huge party where nearly 300 people gathered at the renovated Hartnell College Center to fete the 16 youth – and their scholarships. The youth were recognized for their participation in the planning and implementing process of Building Healthy Communities, an initiative to transform the Alisal.
The awardees were: Hector Isaiah Sandoval, Cesar Guadalupe Galvan, Arturo Ramirez, Cristian Andre Trujillo, Yajaira Medrano, Fernanda Estefania Ocana, Jorge Quiroz, Karla Guillen, Ivan Sandoval, Omar Mendoza, Araceli Arementa Salazar, Yesenia Duran, Jose Guadalupe Nolasco, Elizabeth Ruvalcaba, Josue David Rubio, Bryan Perez.
Also at the event were recognized grassroots organizations that provide services to young people, including: Dan Lujan and the Salinas Boxing Club, Jose Gil and the Gil Basketball Academy, Kymm Navarette and the Salinas American Little League, Chad Parker and the Salinas National Little League, Javier Tamayo & Omar Murillo and the Alisal Percussion, and Jim Pia & Ivan Sandoval for the Breadbox Recreation Center & Alisal Skate Club.