June 2017

Vanessa Cabrera-Olivero                                               Youth of the Month
Sprague Clubhouse                                                           June 2017

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County announced that Vanessa Cabrera-Olivero is the Club’s June 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.

Vanessa is a 17-year-old student at South High School, and she and her family are relatively new to the community. Her family relocated from Florida three years ago, and Vanessa is one of three kids from a single parent home. Vanessa looks up to her mother because she is a strong woman who is raising three children and she teaches them the importance of hard work and respect. Vanessa is a hard worker, but there are times that her ability to participate in the Club is challenging because she has juvenile diabetes. She is full of life and loves the outdoors, but does her best to manage her diabetes so she can participate in the same activities as her peers.  

Vanessa is naturally a shy person, but she is slowly coming out of her shell and is transforming into a confident young lady. She has been an excellent mentor to the younger Club members, and often kids can’t wait until she arrives at the Sprague Clubhouse. Vanesa does not want pity because she has juvenile diabetes, but she has stepped up to educate her peers about the importance of eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight, and an overall healthy lifestyle. She is a talented artist, and her work was featured in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County’s 2017 Champion of Youth Dinner silent auction.

Initially, Vanessa came to the Sprague Clubhouse to complete community service hours as a high school requirement, and she was immediately hooked on the Boys & Girls Club after the first day. Through her work as a volunteer, she realized how much she enjoyed being part of the Club and helping her younger peers. When she is not in her role as a teen leader at the Sprague Clubhouse, she is actively involved with the Keystone Club program, and she is committed to teaching others art.
Vanessa shared, “The Club has inspired me to step up and show my leadership skills, and have my voice heard. It feels good to know that people like my ideas.”

As a Youth of the Month honoree, Vanessa 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 Vanessa, you may do so by emailing her at club@bgcpueblo.org.

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