May 2017

Nelisa Palma                                                                     Youth of the Month
East Side Clubhouse                                                            May 2017

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County announced that Nelisa Palma is the Club’s May 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.

Nelisa is currently a 16-year-old sophomore at East High School, and she is the youngest of three kids. From a young age, Nelisa struggled in school, and the Club has been a great help with her school work. In the past, Nelisa has hesitated to ask others for help, but the Club team has collaborated with her on the importance of asking for help when needed. She’s in the mindset that if she asks for help that others will think she is not capable of doing things for herself. While other kids her age are engaging in risky behaviors, Nelisa does a great job of staying above the influence and avoiding the peer pressure of her classmates. She continues to thrive and work hard to overcome her circumstances despite what she may be going through at the time.

With the help of the East Side Clubhouse staff, Nelisa has grown and matured considerably; she has a new sense of self-confidence that she continues to work on daily. At the Club, she has learned that asking for help is a strength rather than a weakness. Nelisa continues to attend the Club even when others her age have chosen to stop participating. She is a daily fixture at the Club, and she tends to brighten up a room.

During her time at the Club, Nelisa has demonstrated good character, and she is always willing to help those in need. She will go out of her way to stay out of the drama that consumes much of her peers. She is a leader not only at the Club but also at school. Currently, she is a member of DECA, the girls’ soccer team, and she manages the boys’ soccer team at East High School. At the Boys & Girls Club, Nelisa has been an officer with Torch Club and Keystone Club, and she has participated in every program the Club has to offer. She is the biggest advocate for the Boys & Girls Club among her peers. Nelisa always thinks of others first, and whenever she is asked to help around the Club, she willingly lends a helping hand. Every year, she helps deliver Thanksgiving baskets to needy families from the Tom & Louie’s Cupboard annual food drive, and she never has a problem recruiting other Club members to volunteer their time. Recently, Nelisa was excited to become a peer mentor in the Club’s Mentoring program, and her younger peers were over the moon that she is one of the program mentors. She is also a peer coach for the Girls Rock volleyball team, and she has done a fantastic job in keeping the program participants focused.

Nelisa shared, “The Club is a place where I can truly be myself, and I never feel that I’m being judged. It is the one place I can go when I need help or want to express myself.

As a Youth of the Month honoree, Nelisa 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 May Youth of the Month was selected by Craig Eliot Cisney of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Tony Montoya, Vice President of the Board of Education for Pueblo School District 70. If you would like to congratulate Nelisa, you may do so by emailing her at

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