Steamboat teens nominated for Youth of the Year award
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Six teenagers from the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado are being honored for their work with younger kids at a Youth of the Year event Wednesday night at the Chief Theater. Three of them are Steamboat Springs high schoolers.
Zuzu Gibbs began attending the local Boys & Girls Club at age 8 and, eventually, became a youth staff member in its downtown facility.
“I think it’s a safe place. Parents trust their kids coming to the Boys & Girls Club,” said Gibbs, a 15-year-old sophomore. “It’s a place to build relationships.”
Gibbs will join Morgan Fey and Jackson Foote, both 17, at the Chief. They’re among six students, three others from Craig, vying for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to advance to the state level Youth of the Year competition.
Youth of the Year is the national Boys & Girls Club organization’s signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders.
Fey joined the Boys & Girls Club youth staff after moving to Steamboat from Denver two years ago.
The club’s adult staff helped her work through life’s stumbling blocks, and now, Fey passes on the good deeds to her “kids.”
“It’s not about the mistakes you make, it’s how you move forward from them,” Fey said. “Even when my kids mess up in games or they think it’s the end of the world when something happens, I tell them there’s a rainbow at the end of the storm. I try to be there for them, put a smile on their face.”
Jackson Foote was one of the first kids to sign up for the Boys & Girls Club when it opened in Steamboat in the summer of 2009. Now a senior, he’s mentoring and helping kids that were just like him.
“What’s great is you have a completely diverse group of kids that might never have met without a Boys & Girls Club,” said Foote, who found one of his best friends in the club.
“It’s a fun job and a fun place for kids whose parents need it and work a lot,” Foote said.
The club offers after-school and summer programs at very low costs to parents.
Visit https://bgcnwc.org/steamboat-club/ for more information.
Frances Hohl is a contributing writer for the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
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