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Lettter to the Editor: Invest in our future: youth

I have been a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe since 2003 and have found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences imaginable. I have seen the organization grow from a mere dream to what it has become today; an array of programs, activities and events for the youth of our Tahoe-Truckee communities. In 2009 the cluband#8217;s membership grew to nearly 800 with an average daily attendance of 210.

A large percentage of early club members have graduated from high school and many of the first generation of alumni of North Lake Tahoeand#8217;s Boys and Girls Club now attend college, including the 2008 California State Youth of the Year, Jasmine Marquez. For 30 years I worked as a probation officer in Los Angeles and Placer Counties with the objective of keeping both adults and juveniles out of custody so they might experience another chance in life.

Our future indeed lies in the hands of our youth. I strongly believe we as a community need to invest in that future. Like most nonprofits, our Boys and Girls Club is funded solely by grants, pledges and donations. This is always a challenge! I urge all of you to come by the club to see for yourself the impact it has on our community.

Dan Flores

Tahoe Vista