ALAMOSA — On Tuesday, April 23, at 7 a.m. the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley will celebrate the 2013 Youth of the Year, Kia Reed, 18.
Kia has been a member of the club since she was 8 years old and credits the club for helping her to cope with every day life issues, providing her with a place to make new friends and the opportunity to mentor other kids who need a safe place to learn and grow.
Kia will speak about her experiences in life and at the club and how the club has been a very special place to not only to her, but also to many of the young people that she has mentored as a junior staff member and now, staff member at the club.
As part of the Future is in Your Hands breakfast the community will hear from Zoila Gomez a world-class athlete who graduated from Adams State University and currently is the coordinator of the high altitude-training center. Gomez finished second among American women in the 2005 New York City Marathon, her first.
She finished fourth in the 2008 Olympic marathon trials and represented the United States in three World Championships — Japan in 2007, Berlin in 2009, and Korea in 2011. Zoila will speak to the importance of having mentors to help you set goals in order to succeed and fulfill your life’s dreams. She believes that places like the Boys & Girls Clubs are incubators for these opportunities.
This annual breakfast that supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley is an important fundraiser and “friendraiser,” event where guests hear powerful messages and learn how the Boys & Girls Clubs make a powerful impact with the youth in the community, all while enjoying a complimentary breakfast.
To attend this inspirational event contact interim executive director, Darla Malouff at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley at 589-5252.
Even though the event is free, the goal of the event is to raise $20,000 in pledges from the community to ensure that the club is able to continue to provide programming to nearly 1000 youth annually.
Since 1992, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley have been assisting in the San Luis Valley by offering a variety of activities, and caring adults that provide a safe and positive environment, helping youth stay in school and succeed in life.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley is: To ensure that all children and youth, especially those who need us most, are offered opportunities to realize their full potential as responsible, caring and productive citizens of a richly diverse world.