Unit Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County - Wellington Unit Rob, sits down with Beth, Wellington Youth of the Year, to share her story and experiences while attending the Club.
Breath, You have this. Everything that you are about to do will be hard, but you will grow. This is about the journey of four speeches that Beth will forever remember.
The Wellington Youth Of the Year, Beth, just finished sharing her speech to her peers at the Club that she has been attending for years. It was an accomplishment as Beth is the person who can step in and help when the staff and Club needs her support most. She is great with directing and assisting youth and talking to them one-on-one. But Beth had one challenge that she knew of: she was shy and resonates more to being an introvert.
Youth of the Year members take on the role of being a public spokesperson for the Wellington Unit and the "Blue Door" movement. She understood that responsibility and saw how most extroverts take on the role. Beth said, "I almost cried" when delivering her speech to her peers as it was very personal and challenging to share.
The following weeks Beth would prepare her speech as she would be competing against the Youths of the Year from the Fort Collins Unit and Loveland Unit. After the event, The Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County would name the winner as the Youth of the Year for the Larimer County organization.
Staff Members Desirae and Rob, worked with Beth again and again. They shared with Beth that she only had to share what she felt comfortable with and that since her story had disclosed the impact of the Club and the support she needed and received from the Club and her new father after her previous father had left her family. Beth said this was something that needed to be shared.
It is said that there are more people who fear public speaking than death. The audience of this event were fellow supportive Club members from the BGCLC. The Judges were caring, helpful and kind critics; it could not have been a better audience for anyone who was about to have their first speech in front of children and adults who were all strangers.
It was later discovered that Beth was about to share with the world what she decided to avoid and take an "F" on in her favorite class, English, because she had to write a paper about her life. Beth said, "she needed to do this, she needed to move on." It was empowering to see.
On January 14, 2017, Beth was going to expose a wound and share her heart in a way she has never done before. One of the many slogans and proverbs we use at the Wellington Unit is, "It doesn't matter how you fall, it matters how you get up." Beth with all of her strong characteristics except in extroverted activities and public speaking wavered and fell.
Beth fell in the best place she could, with her family, with the staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, and with her fellow Youth of the Year club members from the Loveland and Fort Collins Units.
But it does not matter how you fall, it matters on how you get up. Beth, after panicking, marched back to the stage that she ran away from saying "I got this! I want to do this!" She went through each tough part with sound, power and liberation of an emotional weight that was on her. And in the end, she was relieved.
She did not win Youth of The Year of Larimer County. That award was honored to an amazing Club member, Stella of Loveland.
Beth did win in a big way in her life, her story and who she is. She went on to share the same speech at the Mayor's recognition in the Town of Wellington before strong members of the Wellington Community; she did not stumble at all.
For Beth's fourth speech, a 14-year-old girl from small town Wellington with a shy, introverted personality, was able to present in front of 1,000 people at the Youth of The Year Breakfast.
When Beth saw the size of the room and stage at the practice rehearsal, she immediately had stage fright. She was soft spoken and looking down at the ground. People were concerned that she may fail and it could be traumatizing for her. Beth, who recently went to a Colorado State Basketball game, was overwhelmed with large crowds. She said, "I need to do this; I have got this." Beth practiced and practiced.
On February 9th, Beth turned her weakness into a strength. High school speech class will be much easier for Beth, as she can successfully say she spoke with a very successful woman and Board Member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, Jen Parker, as the open speakers in front of 1,000 people.
I am so thrilled to share the growth of Beth and how she worked through her fear of public speaking and large crowds. Beth can say with confidence that she can speak in front of anyone.