Celebrating 10 Years!
For Unit Director Cristina Klotz, this September marks the beginning of her 10th year with the Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury.
Klotz began her career with the Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury as a part-time education director in 2003, at a time when the Boys & Girls Club was still fairly young and located in the Crystal Valley Missionary Church.
“I accepted the position as education director after graduating from college,” remembers Klotz. “At that time, we were serving 130 children per day.”
Klotz was promoted to program director in 2007 and served in that role until being promoted this year to the Middlebury Unit director. Throughout her career, Klotz has seen the club evolve into a major community youth center, moving from the church in 2006 to the standalone facility on Northridge Drive where it now serves an average of 300 children each day.
A meaningful career
Despite changes in location and membership numbers, Klotz says her favorite aspect of her work has stayed the same – the children.
“I love watching our club members grow, learn new skills and succeed in what they do,” explains Klotz. “It’s always amazing to see former members who are now young adults come back to say hi or tell us they realize now how important the Boys & Girls Club is to them.”
Through her years overseeing the club’s afterschool programs, Klotz has seen firsthand the impact the Boys & Girls Club makes on the lives of the children who attend. Currently, she oversees one of her favorite programs – STEM Mentoring, which pairs club members with adult mentors from the community and introduces them to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through hands-on learning experiences.
“I love our STEM program because it teaches big concepts like engineering and technology through easy-to-understand, real-life learning activities,” says Klotz. “Through playing Quick Ball with their mentors, our 6- to 9-year-old participants were able to not just learn math this summer, but also learn why math is important and how it’s used in everyday scenarios, like sports.”
Thankful for her service
Boys & Girls Club programs like STEM are only successful and possible because of caring adults and professionals like Cristina Klotz. The Middlebury community is lucky to have such an amazing advocate for youth and looks forward to seeing the amazing work she will accomplish in the next 10 years!