Anthony Moreno has been going to the Boys & Girls Club for as long as he can remember. Without it, he doesn’t know who he would be. But he does know that he is more social, smarter and well-balanced because of his time at the Club. He has big plans for the future but for now, he will be patient and enjoy his childhood.
Q. How long have you been attending the Sands Branch?
A. I started coming to Sands when I was five-years old.
Q. What activities or programs are you a part of at the Club?
A. I am a part of Keystone, which is a non-profit organization within the Boys & Girls Club. We volunteer and help our community in any way we can. I played flag football and volleyball last year. I want to play as much basketball as I can this year, but I’m not sure how much because I’m also in the football team at school.
Q. How has the Club helped you in other aspects of your life—school, at home, sports?
A. I wasn’t very social; I didn’t know how to talk to people. I’ve always been smart but didn’t know English very well in elementary school so that didn’t help. The Boys & Girls Club welcomed me with open arms and helped me learn how to talk to other people, be confident and make friends. The Club also helped me be more athletic and active in sports.
Q. What’s your favorite thing about attending the Club?
A. My favorite thing is the atmosphere. Knowing that I can come here and I’ll be safe with close friends, some that I even consider family, is important to me.
Q. What advice would you give to younger kids about succeeding?
A. Be patient. I’ve tried to rush a lot of things and I’ve learned that everything will come in time. I’ve learned to enjoy my childhood a lot. I’m 16 and trying to enjoy it as much as I can.
Q. What would you be doing if the Club didn’t exist?
A. Honestly, it’s been a part of me for 11 years. I don’t know who I’d be without the Club.
Q. What are your short and long term goals?
A. My short-term goal is to graduate high school with a 3.0 GPA or higher and attend ASU. My long-term goal is to have my Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance or Computer Science. I just want to be the best person I can be in life.
Anthony Moreno is a junior at Deer Valley High School.