Youth Volunteer of the Year - Ingrid Cruz, Eugene Teen Courts.
Ingrid, a 2009 Churchill High School graduate, served as a case presenter, juror and court clerk for Eugene's Teen Courts, which conducts hearings for first-time juvenile defenders. Cruz, who is bilingual, also helped Spanish-speaking families interpret legal issues. She juggled these responsibilities with studying and working to support herself and her 12 year old brother.
Volunteer Hours: 63 in the past year.
"Ingrid has taken on for more family and work responsibilities than would normally be expected of a teen. Despite all this, Ingrid is an excellent student with big goals, and she gives of herself to Teen Courts. She is amazing." - Bruce Steinmetz, Eugene Teen Courts