Site Director: Lexie Corbett
4266 N. University Avenue
To register for this program or for more information please call the site at the number listed above.
M-F 7:00 am – 8:00 am;
M-Th 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm;
F 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
9-12 Grade (15-18 years)
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Click HERE to view Walden Middle School’s club calendar of activities
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There is a bulletin board at Walden School outside of Bev Pecoraro’s classroom, highlighting all of the club options for 9th-12th grade students.
These club offerings are unique, not only because they function as part of the Boys & Girls Club after school program, but because they are so student driven. In fact, students approach teachers about the clubs they want to participate in. If they can garner enough student interest in a subject and find a staff member who will advise it, then a new club can begin.
Take a look at some of the things students can get involved with!
It was very exciting to see the club members at the Walden Teen site doing so many different things yesterday. While there are many things we’d like to have seen, we enjoyed the chance to see students working on the Mermaids Against Misogyny Literary Magazine.
Though we didn’t get any pictures due to the fact that the club members were already watching the movie that was going on, it was fun to learn about the Indie Film Club which watches a different independent film each week.
Probably the most fun activity we got to see yesterday was the Rock & Roll History and Art. Yesterday, students were able to cut out stencils and work on spray painting records. Check out the awesome artwork students have done!
The Walden Teen club is a fun and exciting place for students to continue building on the foundations of their futures. While still incorporating important Boys & Girls Club elements like homework time, a healthy snack, and opportunities for physical activity, this club provides a great service to it’s members by facilitating the intrinsically motivated pursuit of interests. Especially for teenage club members, being able to organize clubs based on their interests is especially effective for working towards a brighter tomorrow.
Great futures are starting at Walden Teen!
The Diversity Club at the Walden Teen Center took an exciting trip to the Navajo Reservation from May 9-11. Our student Jaiden’s family lives on the reservation and invited us to come visit. They helped us plan an exciting weekend filled with really fun activities and amazing food. On Friday right after school, we drove down to the reservation, that night we had a bonfire and storytelling, where we heard Navajo creation stories, as well as scary skinwalker stories! Saturdaymorning we woke up early to go to the Navajo musuem and Navajo Nation zoo, where we learned more about Navajo history and saw animals indigenous to the area. After that we went to Window Rock to see the arch and then to Gallup for a traditional flea market. Students bought turquoise jewelry and arrowheads. That night we went horseback riding through Canyon de Chelly, which was incredibly beautiful and a lot of fun! Many of the students had never ridden a horse before our guided tour. On Sunday, we stopped by Monument Valley on the way home and enjoyed a beautiful (although bumpy) ride through amazing landscapes. It was definitely a trip the students will never forget!
For the past 3 months, everyday in afterschool clubs, Walden students have been hard at work memorizing lines and rehearsing their parts for the production of Animal Farm. Not only did they learn their parts, they also sang, as there were several musical numbers! More than 20 students performed under the instruction of directors Gwen Dutcher and Mike Morrell. The play was put on at the Echo Theater in downtown Provo. The entire high school had the privilege of watching the play during school on Wednesday and loved being able to see all of the talented Walden actors.
The Walden Teen Boys and Girls Club worked with Walden National Honor Society for an after school cleaning project on Friday, March 28. We had about 20 students stay after school on Friday who helped clean up the school parking lots, fields, sidewalks in front of the school, and picked up trash along the road for about a half mile in each direction. At the end of the 2 hour project, students picked up over 45 bags of trash!
On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 18, the Walden Model EU Club went to BYU for a special training to prepare for a competition on Friday, April 4. We met with the leaders in charge of the BYU Model EU Conference and other students from Provo and Salt Lake City. We discussed several important aspects of the upcoming competition and reviewed the committee topics. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know the committee presidency members who will run the conference in April (next Friday)!
We have 6 students in the Walden Model EU Club. We meet every Thursday after school to prepare for the upcoming competition. Groups of two students research a country in the European Union—we have Italy, Finland, and the Netherlands—for this event. The students are on different committees that research specific problems that are pertinent to the EU. After many hours of research, students form an opinion and write a position paper. During our after school club, we practice giving formal speeches and participate in informal negotiations in which they experience the complex process of politics. The students have been working hard to prepare for the competition on April 4!
On behalf of the entire Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Utah County, Board President Aaron Miller presented Lizbeity Monroy with a $1,000 scholarship. Congratulations to Lizbeity for being selected as Youth of the Year!
Provo teen named Youth of the Year
FEBRUARY 08, 2014 3:15 AM
• BARBARA CHRISTIANSEN – DAILY HERALD
A 16-year-old Provo girl has been named Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Utah County. Lizbeity Monroy received that honor and is going on to compete at the state level Wednesday. The results will be announced Thursday.
Perhaps as impressive as the honor is the way it came about. David Bayles, the executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Utah County, asked Beverly Pecoraro for suggestions about who to nominate. Pecoraro, the site director of the Boys & Girls Clubs at The Walden School of Liberal Arts, had the answer quickly. Other staff at the school agreed that Lizbeity was the choice.
“We have 150 high school students,” she said. “Eighty-five of those are part of Boys & Girls Clubs. I immediately thought of her.”
“The school is proud of Lizbeity, not just for earning the award, but how much she has accomplished,” she said.
For earning the Utah County honor, she is receiving a $1,000 scholarship. The state winner will receive $10,000 and at the national level the award is $50,000.
Lizbeity is a junior and plans to become a teacher of special needs students.
“After high school I want to go to Snow College for two years and get my generals done,” she said. “I will probably go to a university after that.”
She had specific reasons for wanting to work with special needs students.
“I just feel like children with special needs are adorable,” she said. “They can be a challenge, but I want to go to school to learn and be a teacher for them.”
And she appears to be a good fit with them.
“Last year she did a child development class,” Pecoraro said. “The director just raves about how much they loved Lizbeity.”
Lizbeity had some initial successes with the students.
“I got a girl to talk in two days,” she said of a special needs child. “The teachers had been working with her two months.”
“In my freshman year I got a chance to work with autistic children,” she said. “They were so cute and kind. I got to play games with them. I helped this kid learn to pronounce his words. I realized I really loved it.”
“I knew I wanted to help people growing up when I was younger,” she said. “I just wanted to give back to the community.”
“I noticed teachers being around children who were mentally challenged,” she said. “I remember being younger and watching a kid who had Down Syndrome. I had seen him having meltdowns. It was really interesting to see how they reacted. They helped him and calmed him down.”
When she’s not involved in academics or helping others, she loves being on the school’s soccer team. “I am a good defender,” she said.
She paid special tribute to her mom, Elizabeth Cruz, and said she follows her example.
“I like to find a way to help people, even in a small way,” she said. “That could be with a smile or asking them how their day was.”
“My mom works hard to get where she is going,” she said. “We don’t really have contact with my dad anymore. My mom is like the role model to the family. She got me helping other people. She talks to everybody. One lady was looking for food and she invited her children to a party so they could have something to eat. She relates to what people are going through, struggling with or having hard times. My mom is something different. She doesn’t like to see people frown.”
Lizbeity goes to Boys & Girls Clubs every day after school.
“They help me finish my homework and push me into facing my dreams,” she said. Perhaps that is because they saw something special in her.
“She tells me she used to be shy,” Pecoraro said. “I didn’t know her then. She has participated in the Shakespeare Festival. She is in the school play. She has brought her grades up to straight A’s and is in National Honor Society.”
“It has been really fun to see Lizbeity,” she said. “She has really become a leader amongst her friends, not a loud and obnoxious one, but really kind. You can tell her friends respect her opinions.”
“She helps everyone,” she said. “It has been fun for me to see her as a student gain confidence. It has been great to see her grades get better every year. She worked hard and was really dedicated.”
Lizbeity didn’t choose those traits when she gave advice to other students. Instead she chose “be happy.”
“Get good grades because your life won’t be as meaningful if you keep on bringing down on
everything you hard,” she said. “Work hard. Respect everybody you meet. You just don’t know what other people are going through.”
“Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve,” Bayles said. “The Youth of the Year program celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments. These deserving young people are recognized for service to their club and community, academic performance and contributions to their family. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.”