September 2016 Winner: Laquita Becker (Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse)

An update from Laquita…

Who are you?
I am Laquita Becker and I am the Youth and Family Service Director at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse. In my role, I am in charge of addressing the behavioral and mental health needs with Boys and Girls Club members. Part of that includes focusing on the character and leadership among youth.

Why did you pitch?
I pitched because I was working with a group of high school students who were part of the leadership program called Keystone. Keystone is a program through the Boys and Girls Club of America that focuses on developing leadership qualities among teens and touches on for pillar areas. These areas include academic success, servant leadership, college preparation, and teen outreach. Overall, it helps youth develop positive leadership skills and qualities.

What was your pitch?
I pitched to take the Keystone group on a leadership retreat where they could be provided with various opportunities to expand their leadership skills.  We won almost $1000 for this retreat!

What is the status of your pitch?
I have connected with a Keystone advisor from the Boys and Girls of the Twin Cities. We plan to coordinate the trip for the last weekend of July where we will bring the Keystone club up to the cities. We are in the process of planning activities related to a service project, career preparation, and that can provide a fun experience.