BUFFALO, NY- This week's 2 On Your Side "Good Neighbor" is a Buffalo teen who defies every stereotype for kids these days.
"If you want to get something done, go get it," is the motto for 17-year-old Lukas Alvira.
He started coming to the Boys and Girls Club several years ago as part of a summer work program. Lukas was only required to put in 4 hours a day.
"He would work in the morning, and at 6 p.m. as we're closing up, Lukas is still here," said Joe Scarsella, Director of the Beecher Clubhouse. "He would help out. He would join the staff in programming, and help the younger kids. He just became a staple of our club."
His positivity is contagious. He brings out the best in others around him, whether it's at the club, or volunteering in the community, helping with 2 On Your Side's 2 Pack a Backpack drive, and even visiting residents at nursing homes.
Lukas does all of that while staying off the streets and keeping his head in the books. He is an honor roll student and gifted athlete at Hutchinson Central Technical High School.
"I also work at Niagara Cafe," said Lukas. "So if I'm not here [at the club], I'm at home. If I'm not home, I'm at work. If I'm not at work, I'm at baseball."
He said he gets that drive from his dad, who raised Lukas and his siblings for many years as a single parent.
"It was only him. He showed us that to truly do what you want, don't wait for it, go get it."
Lukas's two younger brothers idolize him.
"He teaches me a lot and I can look up to him," said 9-year-old Nathan Alvira.
For his role as leader at the club and in the community, Lukas has been recognized as the 2016 Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo Youth of the Year. It's a coveted scholarship with hundreds of competitors.
And why does Lukas believe he came out on top?
"Because of the kids here at this club," he said. "They see me as a great role model, and a good person to look up to. If anything's needed around here I do it."
Joe Scarsella, who has worked with the Boys and Girls Club for more than 12 years, has formed a special bond with Lukas.
"I haven't met a youth more deserving of the award - Youth of the Year - than Lukas. The sky's the limit for him."
Lukas hopes to attend either Medaille or Canisius College next year to play baseball and study sports management. He aspires to one day play professional baseball or work at ESPN.
He'll be heading to Albany soon to compete in the statewide competition for the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year.
To nominate your own Good Neighbor, e-mail Melissa.Holmes@wgrz.com or call 716-849-2216.