March 2017


Myrisa Guzman                                                              Youth of the Month
Avondale Clubhouse                                                         March 2017

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County announced that Myrisa Guzman is the Club’s March 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.

Myrisa is currently a 14-year-old eighth grade student at Pleasant View Middle School and she has been a member of the Avondale Clubhouse for three years. She began attending the Boys & Girls Club after she and her father relocated to Avondale to live with her grandfather. Myrisa also spends time with her mother every other weekend and she sees this as a nice balance because she spends quality time with both of her parents. Being the new kid can be tough but making friends came easy for Myrisa. Several of her

                                                                                       classmates attended the Avondale Clubhouse and she was surprised by how everyone at the Club was so welcoming. Myrisa enjoys socializing with her Club peers from all age groups. Of late, the older teens have been particularly helpful in answering questions about what to expect in high school. Myrisa will be entering her freshman year at Pueblo County High School in the fall of 2017 and she is thankful for the guidance of the Club staff and her peers in steering her in the right direction.

The Boys & Girls Club is Myrisa’s home away from home and it’s a place she knows where she will always be safe. She enjoys participating in programs such as Draw the Line Respect the Line and she has incorporated what she has learned from the program into her everyday life. For the past two-years, Myrisa has been part of the Avondale Clubhouse’s teen Social Action Project. Last year, they wrote a script and created a short film about how to prevent youth in engaging in drugs and alcohol. This year, the group has begun working on this year’s project that will focus on domestic violence and they have collaborated with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. Myrisa enjoys being part of this program because of the creative team effort that goes into the project and she also sees the importance of informing youth about these subject matters.

Myrisa has a keen eye for photography and she also enjoys writing. In the future, Myrisa plans to attend college and has a goal of becoming a photojournalist. She wants to travel the world to report stories that will help others, particularly stories that will help youth. Myrsia is aware and concerned with the recent rash of teen suicides in southern Colorado. She knows the hardships that adolescents face today such as anxiety, depression, bullying and cyberbullying. She hopes there can be a solution to the problem and she encourages youth to not be afraid to reach out for help if they are having thoughts of suicide. 

Myrisa shared, “The Club has enabled me to learn the importance of respect and I want to share what I have learned to my younger peers.”

As a Youth of the Month honoree, Myrisa 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. The March Youth of the Month was selected by Sheriff Kirk Taylor and Jenna Mangino. If you would like to congratulate Myrisa, you may do so by emailing her at club@bgcpueblo.org.

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