April 2016

Youth of the Month-April 2016

Rachel Herrera
East Side Clubhouse

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County (BGCPC) announced that Rachel Herrera is the Club’s April Youth of the Month. The Youth of the Month honor is earned by one member each month in recognition of their strong leadership, good character, and commitment to service. Legacy Bank and The Center for American Values are proud to be Youth of the Month Sponsors.

Rachel has been a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County for three years and has blossomed at the East Side Clubhouse. She has always had a passion for sports, but at times she has lacked the confidence to take part in physical fitness activities. With encouragement from staff and her peers, Rachel has included herself in more of these activities. She has consistently been one of the most active Club members when it comes to daily physical activity minutes. Recently, Rachel tried out for her school basketball team and she was absolutely thrilled when she made the team. It takes a leader to step out of their comfort zone and to try new things. Club staff have enjoyed watching Rachel branch out and take on new exciting challenges. 

Rachel enjoys taking part in Club’s Torch Club program. She is always the first to volunteer to help when it is time to open the Club store. Rachel is great about prioritizing what needs to be done. She makes sure her homework is completed before she takes part in any other activities at the Club. Rachel takes great pride in her grades and it’s important to her to maintain her grade point average. Recently, Rachel was encouraged by one of her peers to skip out on the Club’s Power Hour program to go and play soccer. She really wanted to play in the soccer tournament, but refrained because she knew she needed to complete her homework. It would have been easy for Rachel to brush off her responsibility of school work, but her strong character helped her make the right decision. 

Rachel is one of the most selfless members at the East Side Clubhouse. When there is an opportunity to give back, Rachel always volunteers. Rachel has helped with the annual Tom & Louie’s Cupboard food drive, Creek Week, and cleaning-up in and outside of the Clubhouse. Many kids are reluctant to help out when it comes to trash pick-ups, but Rachel always makes the time to help whenever asked, no matter what the task is. Club staff appreciate Rachel’s leadership skills because she consistently encourages her peers to give back to the community and the Club. She is a wonderful role model to her peers.

Rachel shared, “The Club gives me the courage to take chances and realize my full potential.” 

As a Youth of the Month honoree, Rachel is eligible to compete in Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County’s 2017 Youth of the Year competition, which provides several scholarships and leadership opportunities. The April Youth of the Month was selected by Doris Kester and Michael Cafasso. If you would like to congratulate Rachel, you may do so by emailing her at club@bgcpueblo.org. 

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