February 2017

Digeo Sanchez                                                              Youth of the Month
 East Side Clubhouse                                                         February 2017

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County announced that Diego Sanchez is the Club’s February 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.

Diego is currently a 14-year-old eighth grade student at Risley International Academy of Innovation and has been a member of the East Side Clubhouse for six years. The Boys & Girls Club has been a blessing for him because it keeps him busy and out of trouble. It’s important to Diego to stay above the negative influences of his peers and continue to make the right decisions in his life. He is determined to steer clear of those influences and the Club has helped reinforce Diego’s beliefs. The Club encourages him to consistently keep a positive attitude and to make sound decisions. He serves as the manager of the girls’ basketball team at his school, to not only help out the team, but it also motivates him to keep up his grades.

The East Side Clubhouse Director, Maurice Henson is Diego’s mentor and role model. He credits Maurice with consistently giving him guidance to make sure that Diego stays on track with maintaining his grade point average and helping him set goals for himself. Integrity means everything to Diego and in the past few years, integrity has directly reflected his decisions. Diego enjoys participating in the Club’s athletic program and being part of a leadership program called Torch Club. Next year, Diego will be attending East High School and has set a goal to play basketball and football for the eagles. After graduating high school, he has aspirations to attend Colorado State University – Fort Collins and has narrowed his career focus to becoming a stock broker or study Kinesiology to become an athletic trainer. It would also be a bonus if he could play basketball or football for the rams.

Diego demonstrates good character and this is reflected in the way he is always willing to lend a helping hand or ask for help. He also will not hesitate to recruit his peers to help out around the Clubhouse or with community service projects. Diego sincerely has a want to help others and is willing to go the extra mile to help out. He thinks that it’s great when non-members attend the Club’s Community Teen Night events and would like to see more teens get involved with the Club because it’s a great experience and it opens doors to a better future. As a teen, Diego is aware of the many issues within the community such as drugs and violence. He would like to be part of the solution and help improve the relationship between the community and law enforcement. 

Diego shared, “The Club keeps me on the straight and narrow and I see a great and exciting future for myself.”

As a Youth of the Month honoree, Diego 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. If you would like to congratulate Diego, you may do so by emailing him at club@bgcpueblo.org.
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