Celebrate Youth: Lane Yazzie

Lane Yazzie. Photo courtesy of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

Lane Yazzie, a freshman at Salt River High School, is one of two members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community who will be honored at the Celebrate Youth Gala & Auction on Saturday, March 31, at Talking Stick Resort.

Lane is a member of the Red Mountain Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, where he has learned valuable life skills while participating in many of the club’s leadership programs, including Keystone, SMART move and Money Matters.

Lane is thankful for the opportunities provided by the Club and its part in giving him the confidence and self-esteem he needs to succeed.

The Celebrate Youth gala is the Club’s premier fundraising event. Individual tickets are $125. The black tie event begins with a hosted bar at 5:30pm, followed by dinner, a live auction and the Youth of the Year Ceremony.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provide youth development services that instill strong core values and life-enhancing skills in a safe environment. The programs help promote healthy lifestyles, good character and academic success. For more information, visit bgcs.org.

Lane’s speech

What thought comes to mind when you hear adventurous? For myself, I visualize Indiana Jones as courageous, daring, bold, and brave character. Like, Indiana Jones, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale Red Mountain Branch provides me with the adventures in my life. On these adventures I have daily at the club, I am able to travel different places, experience new things, and most of all become confident with myself.

Discovering who I am was challenging before I became a member of the Club. It was like a huge boulder chasing me away from the treasures of life, leading me into a negative direction I did not want to go towards. During this time I made poor choices with friends, and I was dealing with personal issues with my self-esteem, and lost trust from my family which prevented me in finding the treasures I knew life had to offer. Any treasure is hard to find, and sometimes it is in places you rarely expect. It is also not easy going on your own quest by yourself; luckily my friend Angelica came to the rescue with her invite to the club one day after school when I had nowhere to go. Like the dark traitorous cave that has hidden treasures on the inside, I approached the 35 x 40 foot one room building, it made me skeptical of what was so amazing about this place. I used all the courage I had, when I entered, I was greeted with smiles, laughter, and joy from the young club members. Angelica introduced me to all the Club staff, they were friendly, and it was a warm welcoming feeling that I immediately felt safe.

The two years I have been a member, I have grown tremendously; the staff has opened their hearts and time for me. The Club gave me a secret weapon like Indiana Jones’s lasso he carries around to help defend him in time of need. My lasso is the Self Confidence I build here at the Club with peers and staff from attending daily programs like keystone, SMART moves, and Money Matters. No more running from boulders, dogging arrows, and setting off traps. The negative things in my life began to minimize, and I gain that trust back with my family because of all the positive influence and actions I do at the Club. My adventure never ended, it began here. Thank you.

Next: Youth of the Year nominee Andy Dao.

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