January 2016

Youth of the Month-January 2016

Jarrod Garcia
Sprague Clubhouse

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County (BGCPC) announced that Jarrod Garcia is the Club’s January 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.

Jarrod has been a member of BGCPC for five years. Within that time he has learned a lot about being a leader and how to utilize the skills he has to the best of his ability. For a long time he didn’t believe in himself and struggled with what he really wanted to do with his life. However, this past summer he had a reality check and change of heart regarding what was important to him and how he would like others to perceive him and his skills. The staff challenged Jarrod to dedicate himself to working hard to achieve his goals. His efforts have paid off and he has proven to himself that with hard work and commitment, he can achieve anything he sets his mind to.

Recently, Jarrod was elected Secretary for the Keystone Leadership Club. His grades have improved and he is now passing all of is courses and holds a 3.2 grade point average. Jarrod has taken charge of his life, committing himself to his school work and, as a result, the younger teens are following suit. While keeping his grades up, Jarrod also puts many hours into practicing basketball and was extremely proud to make the varsity team at his school.

Jarrod actively participates in Club programming including: Keystone Club, Career Launch, and a Social Action Project. In the past, he mainly participated in sports and recreation activities, but now he has his site set on building his leadership skills. A new Jarrod has emerged and his peers have taken note. He is comfortable with the all of the new teen programs and feels comfortable sharing his ideas and with others. 

Jarrod also participates in teen community service events and is taking the lead on the Social Action Project. This project involves teens striving for more resources to be available to other teens in the community who need drug abuse assistance and help with recovery. Jarrod is often recruited by staff to help with Club programs and activities because he has demonstrated a wide variety of skills facilitating activities for younger members. Jarrod now knows he can contribute positively to the community and he enjoys giving back to his Clubhouse.

Jarrod shared, “The Club provides a space for me to work on my basketball skills and to become a better leader on and off the court.” 

As a Youth of the Month honoree, Jarrod is eligible to compete in Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County’s 2016 Youth of the Year competition, which provides several scholarships and leadership opportunities. Legacy Bank and The Center for American Values are proud to be the January Youth of the Month Sponsors. The January Youth of the Month was selected by Jim Hadley, RE/MAX of Pueblo, Inc. If you would like to congratulate Jarrod, you may do so by emailing him at club@bgcpueblo.org. 

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