BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF SOUTHWESTERN OREGON
VOLUNTEER RECIEVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
The 2011 Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Awards honors some of Oregon's most respected individuals and organizations for their commitment to voluntary service benefiting the state and its people. The awards are hosted by the Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service with presenting sponsor Wells Fargo. At the 2011 Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Awards Luncheon Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon volunteer Beka Young was recognized as the Outstanding Adult Volunteer for Oregon’s Region 3.
Having been formally trained in Psychology Beka is an effective support system for teens at the Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon. In a community where many teenagers have no positive adult role models at home, she has devoted hundreds of hours to supporting those teens, paying particular attention to ones who have endured trauma and have extensive family problems. Beka spends time outside of Club hours supporting teens by doing things like attending concerts, games and school events and moreover, helps them with conflict resolution through a dramatic and difficult range of issues. Being the rare person who is skilled at communicating with adults and teenagers alike, Beka is a great support to staff members at the Boys & Girls Club, as well.
Though Beka’s volunteer tenure at the club has only been 3 months she has proven her sustained dedication to the club when her role there switched from paid staff to volunteer and she did not fail to provide reliable, enthusiastic and sacrificial support to these teens in addition to working a full time job.
To learn about volunteer opportunities at the Club, please contact Angie Reiber at (541) 267-3635.