Members of the Challenge Team of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills selected Roy Lave as Youth Champion of the Year and Los Altos High School student Ricky Juarez as Student Champion. The Challenge Team is scheduled to honor Lave and Juarez at its annual fundraising breakfast May 8.
The Challenge Team is a nonprofit partnership comprising students, parents, school districts, police departments, community organizations and health-care and faith-based groups that collaborate to bring positive influences into the lives of youth and guide them away from alcohol, tobacco, drugs and gang activity.
Lave, a longtime resident of Los Altos, has founded and/or fostered numerous programs for youth as the volunteer founding chairman and CEO of the Los Altos Community Foundation, including Youth Philanthropy, Family Philanthropy and MVLA Community Scholars. Past programs that operated under the umbrella of the foundation include Partners for New Generations, Los Altos Alliance for Youth and CHASE.
Lave previously served as Los Altos mayor and city councilmember. He currently sits on the board of directors of Bus Barn Stage Company and has served on the boards of the Moscow-Santa Clara County Sister County Program, Los Altos Sister Cities, the Rotary AIDS Project and the Rotary Club of Los Altos, where he also served as president.
Juarez, a sophomore at Los Altos High School, plays on the varsity soccer team. Sgt. Mike Ecdao of the Mountain View Police Department said he met Juarez through Dreams & Futures, the department’s gang prevention program for fourth- through seventh-graders.
Ecdao said he immediately recognized Juarez as a natural leader who has helped many at-risk youth in his neighborhood.
Galen Rosenberg, assistant principal at Los Altos High, said Juarez brings a positive attitude and energetic spirit to class. The teen works well with others and gives his best effort, Rosenberg added, whether engaging in a group project or sharing his ideas in a discussion.
Juarez has participated in Leaders in Training, a city of Mountain View Parks and Recreation program; serves on the city’s Youth Advisory Committee; and was a member of a subcommittee offering advice on the new teen center.
As a volunteer, Juarez has donated time to a coat drive for the homeless, Cops That Care, the Los Altos Kiwanis Club’s Christmas tree lot, the Rotary Club of Mountain View’s crab feed and Kidz ’n Cops.
The Champions for Youth breakfast is scheduled 7 a.m. May 8 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Scott Tolzien, the backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, will serve as keynote speaker.
Tickets are $55.
For tickets and more information, visit event.pingg.com/ChallengeTeamChamp.