July 2017

Cassidy Forrest                                                           Youth of the Month
Avondale Clubhouse                                                           July 2017

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County announced that Cassidy Forrest is the Club’s July 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, The Pueblo Chieftain and The Center for American Values are proud to be Youth of the Month Sponsors.

Cassidy is a 16-year-old student at Pueblo County High School, and she’s been a member of the Avondale Clubhouse for over nine years and has weathered many trials in her short life. She and her two older siblings were raised by their father for six years before welcoming three new members to their household two years ago when her father remarried. Cassidy has an enormous heart, which shows in her kindness and empathy towards others. She has no tolerance for bullying and will not partake in bullying even with the strongest peer pressure. 

Last year, Cassidy was the president of the Avondale Clubhouse's Social Action Project. 
She helped direct a short film on the dangers of underage drinking, drug, and tobacco use. This year, the Social Action Project will consist of creating a Public Service Announcement on cyber bullying, and the unintended consequences of teen depression and suicide. Her talents have also helped her win the Boys & Girls Club Junior Reporter contest twice. Recently, she earned a scholarship from the Hank Aaron’s Chasing the Dream Foundation for her filmmaking talent and will attend a camp this summer at Denver University that will help her to pursue her dreams of becoming a filmmaker. As one of the oldest female members at the Avondale Clubhouse, her peers look to Cassidy because she is a great role model to them because she is always respectful, works hard, and chasing her dreams.

Cassidy has helped to re-establish the Keystone Club at the Avondale Clubhouse. She helps come up with the weekly activities and ensures that the other members are engaged. From pancake dinners to trash pickup and car washes, Cassidy never hesitates to raise her hand and volunteer. She continues to volunteer for any activity that she can add to her busy schedule of high school activities. The Club staff are delighted that Cassidy has found a way to stay involved with the Boys & Girls Club while being involved in other extracurricular activities.

Cassidy shared, “The Club helps keep me on the right track, and they make sure I never venture down the wrong path.”
As a Youth of the Month honoree, Cassidy is eligible to compete in Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County’s 2018 Youth of the Year competition, which provides several scholarships and leadership opportunities. If you would like to congratulate Cassidy, you may do so by emailing her at club@bgcpueblo.org.

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