Youth of the Month

  • By Club Member
  • 04 Oct, 2017

Youth of the Month- September 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County announced that Josh Gilmore is the Club’s September 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.

Josh is a 15-year-old student at Central High School. Josh lives at home with his mother, stepfather, and younger sister. Over the past ten years at the Club, Josh has quietly developed into a leader and is a strong candidate for the Club’s annual Youth of the Year campaign. Josh’s home life hasn’t always been easy, but he has always maintained a positive attitude throughout it all. A little over two years ago, Josh and his family lost their home and had no choice but to live in a motel until they could get back on their feet. Throughout this difficult time, Josh turned to the Boys & Girls Club and relied on the staff and his friends for encouragement.

Josh has always found the determination within himself and has worked hard for everything he owns . His friends describe him as a true friend with a kind heart, and when he knows something's not right, he will speak up and say something. The Club has been his inspiration and Josh is that member that has participated in almost every program offered at the Club. He is an excellent example of being that kid that just needed to be introduced to the information and has retained it to utilize in his daily life.

 

Josh is a natural leader. His peers will follow him and support him through anything. He has been a Kids

Club member, president of Torch Club President and currently is the Keystone Club’s president. Josh has always been an honor roll student, and he continues to be as a student at Central High School. Over the years, he has helped out with numerous community service projects such as Rake Up Pueblo, the annual Tom & Louie’s Cupboard Food Drive and he volunteers his time to his Clubhouse on a daily basis. Recently, a 7-year-old member of the Sprague Clubhouse shared that Josh is his best friend because during the summer program, Josh taught him how to swim, bowl and roller skate. No matter how many times this young man stepped on Josh’s toes or hung onto his arms or almost dropped a bowling ball in his lap, Josh remained patient with him.

 

Josh shares, “The Boys & Girls Club has given me a positive outlet and outlook on life.”

 

As a Youth of the Month honoree, Josh 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 September Youth of the Month was selected by Frances Alexander of Vestas. If you would like to congratulate Josh, you may do so by emailing him at club@bgcpueblo.org.


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