Alan Mondragon: Boys & Girls Club alumnus Alan Mondragon speaks about how Club staff impacted him at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside’s Be Great Awards June 12 at the Redlands Country Club
Local AdvertisementBoys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside honored local youth and supporters at its annual Be Great Awards June 12.
The event was held at the Redlands Country Club and included dinner. Lillian Vasquez, from KVCR, served as master of ceremonies.
Club alumnus Alan Mondragon, who grew up in what was Waterman Gardens public housing in San Bernardino, spoke.
“It was tough at times and mentors were hard to find, but at the Boys & Girls Club, I was able to find mentors and develop and learn,” Mondragon said.
Local AdvertisementTwo Club staff “always pushed me to meet my full potential,” he said.
In fall 2017, Alan worked in Redlands Rep. Pete Aguilar’s office through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He graduated June 16 from Cal State San Bernardino with a degree in public administration, and wants to pursue a master’s degree in health care administration.
Before the community awards were presented, three graduating high school students were recognized as the Club’s Youth of the Year Ambassadors –Isabel Cruz, Tyryn Cleveland andKatie Gonzalez.
The Club’s community awards were:
Be Great Future Award, to Redlands resident Tom Kaney, for impacting youth through his support of academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles,
Be Great Impact Award, to Riverside Buffalo Wild Wings general manager Presh Cox, for supporting the Club through in-kind donations, and
Be Great Mission Award, to Rowena and James Ramos, for financially supporting the Club’s mission.
Kaney started making wooden cutting boards and selling them to support local nonprofits after retiring several years ago. He has raised more than $20,000 for the Club with his boards.
“After seeing Katie and Tyryn and Isabel up here, …