Local Leader

Chelsea Huskey has been involved with the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos for over 10 years – in a variety of roles. She was a youth member for six years, and during that time grew to appreciate the opportunities the club provided. She represented her club as the San Diego County Youth of the Year in 2012, and traveled for Keystone conferences. “Having been a foster kid, traveling didn’t always mean a good thing. Being a part of Keystone Leadership Club meant we got to go to conferences and visit places we never would have otherwise,” said Chelsea.

She joined the staff as soon as she could at age 18, and has since worked to ensure current youth members enjoy the same opportunities she did. “I remember how much I treasured my staff; they didn’t realize the impact they had on me, and I want to build that connection with my own members,” she said. “For a lot of kids, it isn’t about the physical safety of the program, but the emotional safety. Our kids come from a school day where there are not always a lot of opportunities to shine. At the club, they can express their personalities to the fullest, feeling free from judgment.”

Chelsea was recently promoted from program coordinator at San Marcos Middle School to site director at the San Elijo Middle School site. She’s particularly excited about the specialty club programs available at this site, including leadership, STEM, and photography programs. Chelsea added, “I have been with the organization for over 10 years, and getting to see all the growth and development over this time makes me very excited for the next 10 years.”

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