March Air Reserve Base youth wins coveted 2013 Youth of the Year award

Seventeen-year-old Austin McCoy accepts his award for Air Force Reserve Command's Youth of the Year 2013 from Maj. Gen. Alfred J. Stewart, commander, Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Austin received the award for his extensive volunteer work, philanthropic aspirations and involvement in activities as an Eagle Scout. (Courtesy photo)

Seventeen-year-old Austin McCoy accepts his award for Air Force Reserve Command's Youth of the Year 2013 from Maj. Gen. Alfred J. Stewart, commander, Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Austin received the award for his extensive volunteer work, philanthropic aspirations and involvement in activities as an Eagle Scout. (Courtesy photo)

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. -- Congratulations to Austin S. McCoy for being named the Air Force Reserve Command's 2013 Youth of the Year.

Son of Colonel Timothy and Debi McCoy, Austin, 17, attends Murrieta Mesa High School, where he maintains a 3.5 grade point average and is a member of the Varsity cross country and track teams, engineering club and the California Scholastic Federation. Next year the he will also compete on the robotics competition team.

Austin has been doing volunteer work since the third grade and has demonstrated his commitment to his community by completing 238 hours of volunteer work with the Boy Scouts, school activities and base events here. Austin plans to continue his selfless service by doing patriot events in his community such as putting flags on grave sites, cleaning head stones and marching in parades.

His philanthropic aspirations include building schools, hospitals and roads around the world. He would also like to do mission trips and build houses for the poor.

When asked what advice would he have for others seeking to help out their community Austin told us in an email to "Start early and find an organization you like working with such as Boy Scouts."

Austin is an Eagle Scout involved in a Venture Crew in Murrieta. After high school, Austin plans to attend college and study civil engineering.

The Youth of the Year program is offered through military teen programs in conjunction with the 22-year partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The Youth of the Year program recognizes teens ages 14-18 years old for outstanding service, academic achievement, moral character and family values. This year marks the inaugural year for the BGCA Military Youth of the Year component in the competition.