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.
“We thank you for what you do for our community,” said Joanna Michelin, chairwoman of the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona board of directors. “You do incredible work every day for those who are the least, the lost and the little.”
Michelin’s comments concluded an hour-long presentation ceremony that awarded seven grants totalling $200,000 to nonprofit agencies providing health and social services in the community.
“You know, it’s just marvelous for us on the Legacy Foundation to hear your stories about what it is you do and what you plan to do with these funds. It just motivates us and makes us feel really good about what it is we do,” said Margaret Hepburn, the organization’s chief executive officer. “Thank you all for what you do in the community, you work hard and you’re invaluable.”
This year, the club added a caroling concert into the mix. Members that were involved in this event practiced for weeks. They were able to show all their hard work to their family and friends. Sunny Fichtl and Millie MacGregor donated their time to help out with teaching the members songs and perfecting their vocals.
Sierra Vista’s Boys & Girls Club members attended the annual State Keystone Conference held at Camp Sky-Y in Prescott on Nov. 4-6. It was a chance for teens to collaborate with fellow club members from 30 Boys & Girls Clubs across the state.
The Keystone Club is a unique leadership development experience that provides opportunities for members ages 14 to 18 to participate in activities in four focus areas: academic success, teen outreach, career preparation and community service.
Since opening its doors in June 1996, the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista has been providing young people with guidance, support and inspiration in a fun, interactive environment.
Leading the Club’s operations are Jay Hamwright, the organization’s chief professional officer, along with his right hand man, Detric Miles, club director.
Both were members of the B&G Club of Sierra Vista themselves while growing up and both were hired by the club in 2007, where they have served in different positions.
Posted on 6th Oct 2016 23:52:40 in News
Day for Kids is a national initiative that invites you to join the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista in making a difference for kids in our community. For more than a decade, adults have participated in Day for Kids events to advocate for youth and celebrate the life-changing work taking place at the BGCSV. Day for Kids is a day to bring to light the critical needs of children and call on adults to take action in support of the community’s youth.
Posted on 6th Oct 2016 23:49:14 in News
#WeOwnFriday is part of a Boys & Girls Club initiative to attract teens around the community to hang out in a safe and positive environment. Teens face alarming trends and given how much support our teens need, 2016 has been designated as the Year of the Teen by the Boys & Girls Club of America.
Through these teen nights, the BGCSV gives teens a space that provides them with a break from the pressures of school, family responsibilities or the danger of the streets. With the collaboration of other clubs in the community, like the Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee, together they can serve more teens and give them a place to have positive interactions with friends.