October 2016

Youth of the Month-October 2016

Jessica Archuleta
Sprague Clubhouse

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County announced that Jessica Archuleta is the Club’s October 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.

Jessica is a 17-year-old senior at Central High School and she has been a member of the Club for five years. She was a member of the Club’s original Girls Rock Volleyball Team. When she first became a member of the Club, she was shy and had never played an organized sport before, but she loved the idea of competing. Jessica played for the Club team throughout her middle school years and was an honor roll student. She earned the award as the team’s most valuable player and Miss Congeniality. During her freshman year at Central High School she not only made the freshmen volleyball team, but she also made the varsity team. That same year she tried out for the tennis team and made the varsity team as well. Jessica shared how the Girls Rock theory of staying active in sports kept her feeling healthy both mentally and physically. She is known to keep a busy schedule and gives credit to the Girls Rock program for teaching her time management skills. This past summer, Jessica was excited to come back to the Club and coach the new recruits for this year’s Girls Rock Volleyball Team. Jessica shared, “It’s an awesome feeling to be able to teach someone a new skill and be there to experience them master the skill!” Her players describe her as a “mentor and an inspiration” because she plays to have fun and realizes that it takes time to learn new skills. They love that she has great patience with them to work on the same play over and over until everyone feels like they have it down.

Jessica does not hesitate to help someone else when they are in need. She has a big heart and at times she is too hard on herself because she can’t be everywhere she would like to be in regards to helping others. At first, Jessica may come off as a shy person and she does not like the limelight. However, when she becomes comfortable around people her true personality shines through and she has a beautiful soul. A few years ago, a member of the Girls Rock Volleyball team lost everything they owned. Jessica immediately went home and started gathering items she wanted to donate so her teammate did not have to go without anything. Her peers shared that Jessica is a friend that you can truly trust and to be by your side if you are in need.

Jessica has been involved with the annual Tom and Louie’s Cupboard food drive since she was in middle school. She is now a senior at Central High School and this year will be her seventh year volunteering for the food drive. It’s natural for Jesscia to want to partake in community service because of the time she has spent at Boys & Girls Club and being a 
member of her school’s student council. She doe not look for acknowledgement for what she does for others. Seeing the happiness in others eyes is the only thing she needs.

Jessica shared her favorite quote, “There are so many beautiful people in the world, try challenging yourself and search for beautiful souls.” She said, “Being a member of the Girls Rock Volleyball team we learned that our beauty shines when we are our true selves”
As a Youth of the Month honoree, Jessica 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 October Youth of the Month was selected by Andrea Aragon and Dr. Dennis Driscoll. If you would like to congratulate Jessica, you may do so by emailing her at club@bgcpueblo.org.

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