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A good example

Bridget Manley
Miguel Meza, 14, takes a break Wednesday afternoon at The Boys & Girls Club of Craig, where he is a volunteer. Meza began attending the club when he was 5.
Bridget Manley

In Miguel Meza’s eyes, his job description at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig is simple.

Help out.

Be kind.



Set a good example.

And don’t think you have to be “the all-star,” said Miguel, 14, a first-year Boys & Girls Club volunteer.



The Craig Middle School eighth-grader has no problem finding his way around the club. He’s been coming here since he was 5 years old, and “I know the place inside out,” he said.

Miguel’s duties include helping staffers clean up after meals and playing a game like basketball or soccer with young club members.

But his work also extends to a more personal level.

He spends one-on-one time with children if they’re sad, are having a rough time or just need someone to talk to, he said.

“I’ve been a member there a long time and they actually look up to me,” he said.

Miguel is at that age where younger club members can relate to him and feel comfortable confiding in him, he said.

Kim Maneotis, Boys & Girls Club unit director, agrees.

“Absolutely,” she said. “… I think it’s because he listens. … He’s respectful.”

Miguel believes respect, along with a positive example, is what young club members can expect to find from club volunteers.

“We help the kids,” he said. “We understand the kids, how they are.”

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