November 2016


Youth of the Month-November 2016

John Mattive
Avondale Clubhouse

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County announced that John Mattive is the Club’s November 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 and The Center for American Values are proud to be Youth of the Month Sponsors.

John is a 15-year-old ninth grader who is homeschooled and lives with his mom, dad, and four sisters. In the seven years he has been a Boys & Girls Club member he has had five different residence changes and attended three different schools. John is naturally a quite person but he is definitely a great friend to have. He is a gifted athlete and all-around is a great leader. For the past two summers, John was selected to serve as a Teen Leader at the Avondale Clubhouse—a job he takes seriously. He is passionate about fitness and encourages other Club members to get involved with athletic activities. John has struggled with reading his entire life and he was in 4th grade before he realized that he could read better when the words are upside down. This realization has helped John raise his reading level and improve his grades. It has also helped him build his confidence.  

Over the years John has transitioned from a shy young boy to an active, athletic, and engaged young man. He is one of two high school male members that attend the Avondale Clubhouse and his interactions and guidance to the younger male members is invaluable. His peers look to him for guidance with sports, community service, homework assistance, and general every day doings. John’s newfound confidence shines through and he will stand up for what is right. The younger Club members have a deep respect for John and his confidence will only continue to grow as he gets older. John enjoys participating in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math programming. He has aspirations of becoming a mechanic and will continue to reside in Avondale, Colorado. 

John has been a member of Torch Club for four years and is now a member of the Avondale Clubhouse’s Keystone Club. This is the first Keystone Club the Avondale Clubhouse has had in five years. He and other Clubhouse teens are excited about Keystone Club activities and they recently participated in a Social Action Project. This project involved them creating a short film about underage drinking, drug use, and tobacco use. He doesn’t normally like to be in the spotlight, but he stepped out of his comfort zone to try his hand in the leading role. He is a team player and is always willing to lend a helping hand. John is consistently named member of the month for good character and leadership. He continually strives to be a positive role model for his younger peers and has hopes to serve as mentor to youth throughout his life. John is also passionate about environmental issues and is diligent about recycling and giving back to his community. He enjoys visiting Triple Acres Horse Rescue and helping with the Avondale/Vineland Lions Club dinners, and community clean ups.

John shared, “It feels good to be in a place like the Club that keeps me busy and it gives me the opportunity to be a mentor to younger Club members.”

As a Youth of the Month honoree, John is eligible to compete in Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County’s 2017 Youth of the Year competition, which provides several scholarships and leadership opportunities. The November Youth of the Month was selected by Todd Kelly, The Honorable Dennis Maes, and The Honorable Bob Ogburn. If you would like to congratulate John, you may do so by emailing him at club@bgcpueblo.org.
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