Eli has been a member of the Harry and Sandy Rosenzweig Branch for nine years. Eli serves as this year’s Keystone President and was just named the Keystoner of the Year at the State Conference. Eli shared that the Boys & Girls Club has been one of his biggest support systems in his life. Eli went on to say, “it doesn’t matter what I’m going through, what kind of help I need, I have always been able to go to the Boys & Girls Club for help.
Q. You were chosen by your peers to lead as this year’s Keystone President. How do you feel about that? What does that entail?
A. I am so thankful for the trust the are instilling in me and am honored by the responsibility.
Being Keystone President is a lot of work. I want my team to be successful and it is up to me to lead that charge. I develop community service projects, recruit new members and help my Club out in areas the need me.
Q. How long have you been going to the Rosenzweig Branch?
A. I have been attending for nine years. The Club is basically my second home.
Q. What activities or programs are you a part of at the Club?
A. I am currently in Keystone, serving as the Keystone President. I also have gone through the Passport to Manhood and Money Matters programs. I also really enjoy playing sports for the Club. Football and basketball are my favorites.
Q. How has the Club helped you in other aspects of your life – school, at home, sports?
A. The Club has played a big role in my academic success. The Powerhour program has provided me with tutors to help me get specialized assistance on my homework. Community service through the Keystone program has taught me the importance of giving back as well as helps with college scholarships. The Rosenzweig Branch has also made me believe I can go to college by familiarizing me with the college process.
Q. What advice would you give to younger kids about succeeding in life?
A. I would tell them to work hard for their dreams and to not be afraid to ask for help.
Q. What’s your favorite thing about attending the Club?
A. I love the sense of unity the Club provides it members.I also take a lot of pride in wearing the BGCMP logo- representing them at conferences and out in the community. The Club is my second home.
Q. What would you be doing if you didn’t have the Club?
A. Inconceivable! I can’t imagine not being a Club kid. Honestly, I would not be me. The Club has molded me into who I am today.
Q. What are your future plans?
A. My future plans include, representing my Club as the 2018 youth of the year.I want to major in health care administration with a minor in Christian studies at GCU and you’re looking at a future BGCMP staff!
Eli Fuentes is a junior and attends Central High School.