Posted on 23rd Aug 2017 18:16:19 in News
Earlier this year, the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista the Innovative Grant, which allowed the club to purchase a new 15-passenger van for its members. The grant also provided funds for the van to be wrapped in the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista’s logo, as well as van fuel for the year. This grant directly impacts the Club’s sports, fitness and recreation and healthy lifestyles programs, as they strive to promote physical fitness, positive use of leisure time and promote healthy behaviors.
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Keystone is a chartered, small-group leadership and service club for Boys & Girls Club members ages 14 to 17. Keystone members elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation. The Keystone program teaches the members how to be caring, responsible and productive citizens.
Annually, Boys & Girls Club of American hosts the National Keystone Conference, a character and leadership development conference for Boys & Girls Club teens that brings together members from all across the globe.
The “Sierra Vista Torch Club Tumbleweeds” recently attended the Arizona State Torch Club Conference in Komatke, Arizona where they participated in different activities, community service projects, and challenges with other Torch Clubs around the state.
Torch Clubs are chartered, small-group leadership and service clubs for Boys & Girls Club members ages 11 to 13. Torch Club members elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation. The Torch Club program teaches the members how to be caring, responsible and productive citizens.
The Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista offers a variety of programs at their facility. One particular program that’s a favorite in the club is the “Be a Chef! program”. The program gives the teen members a opportunity to explore a different interest in culinary.
The club recently took a visit to the Philadelphia Baking Company to see what they do and how their day to day operations work.
The owner Samuel “Soup” Campbell talked to the members about how his business started and the different kind of pastries and foods they serve.
The Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista celebrated its annual “Great Futures Dinner” Saturday evening, where 15-year-old Bianca Lopez was recognized as “Youth of the Year” for her leadership, service and academic achievements.
But Lopez wasn’t the evening’s only honoree.
In a surprise announcement, Ric Boyer, who is the club’s board president-elect, introduced two new additions to the annual celebration: “Woman of the Year” and “Man of the Year.”
Standing before a packed room at the Boys & Girls Clubhouse of Sierra Vista, Bianca Lopez delivered an inspiring speech about her years with the local club and how those experiences have helped to shape her vision for the future.
Through the club, Lopez says she has learned valuable leadership and mentoring skills, self confidence and serves as a role model for the club’s younger members. A 15-year-old Buena High School sophomore, she is the Sierra Vista club’s 2016 Youth of the Year. Lopez was honored at the local club’s Great Futures Dinner Saturday evening where she presented her speech to a standing ovation.