Molly Matava named Boys and Girls Club’s Youth of Year

Monday, April 3, 2017 1:38 PM
Molly Matava has been named Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of La Plalta County.

By Ann Butler

Neighbors Columnist

Congratulations go to Molly Matava, who has been named the Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County’s Youth of the Year.

“Molly embodies what the Boys & Girls Club is all about,” said Vaughn Morris, president and CEO of the club based in Durango. “It has been amazing to watch her grow from the 8-year-old kid who came to the club when we first opened the doors to the impressive young lady I am proud to call the Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County’s Youth of the Year. “

Matava, 18, found the club at a time when she was struggling with self-esteem, depression and body-image issues, she said.

“It was everything I needed as a child,” she said. “The club taught me it was OK to be myself.”

Matava now works as a program aide to help younger kids learn to love themselves for who they are. A Durango High School graduate, she attends classes at Southwest Community College to prepare for training for her chosen career as a dental hygienist.

She will vie for the Colorado Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Clubs of America.

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