By Ann Butler
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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