Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County Youth of the Year Candidates Travel to Guatemala to Give Back to Local Communities
Marissa Kappus, Public Relations Coordinator
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL: After taking part in Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year program, four St. Lucie County teens embarked on a journey to Guatemala to spend their spring break giving back to youth and families abroad. On Sunday, March 12th, a group of 10 Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County Club members, staff, and parents flew from Miami to Antigua, Guatemala where their itinerary included exploring the country and working to support Guatemalan communities.
One of the ways these teens plan on giving back to Guatemalans is through their work with local organization Creating Opportunities for Guatemalans. With a mission of providing education and opportunities to young students, Creating Opportunities for Guatemalans aligns closely with Boys & Girls Clubs’ vision for future generations. So far, the St. Lucie County teens have assisted students with homework help, attended their swimming lessons, and sat in on their English lessons. The team will continue working closely with the organization alongside members of the Fort Pierce Rotary Club throughout the duration of their trip, and have contributed donations that will allow Creating Opportunities for Guatemalans to finish their library complete with a local librarian.
Continuing their philanthropic efforts, the Boys & Girls Clubs team will travel to San Marcos Pacoc on Wednesday, March 15th and Thursday, March 16th to work in collaboration with St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity to build powerless stoves for village families. By assisting a local mason with laying bricks, carrying materials, measuring sites, and mixing cement, the team plans to complete eight powerless convection ovens to install in the homes of families in need.
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County strives to provide all youth with opportunities to reach their full potential as responsible, caring citizens. This year, the organization exceeded program expectations with the addition of the Guatemalan mission trip to the Youth of the Year program. Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County plans to continue providing these worldly, life-enriching programs to all Club members in their efforts to foster Great Futures.