ST. CLOUD -- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota has announced their "Youth of the Year". Abel Cordero will be honored with a reception on Friday.

Cordero spent his early childhood in a neighborhood where gang violence was common until his mom moved his family to Minnesota in search of a better, safer life. When he was in fifth grade he enrolled in the Eastside Boys & Girls Club. Besides volunteering at the club he also has a job at Target. He plans to graduate from Sauk Rapids-Rice in 2021 and then pursue a degree in criminal justice and become a police officer.

Cordero will go on to compete at the state level in the Twin Cities on March 16th.

As the central Minnesota Youth of the Year, he receives a $2,000 scholarship.

A reception for Cordero will be from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Friday at the Eastside Boys & Girls Club in St. Cloud.

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