LEAD granted BSA Venturing charter

BLACKFOOT — The Latino Economic and Development Center was granted a charter from the Boy Scouts of America as the sponsoring organization for Venturing Crew 256.
Venturing is a Boy Scouts of America youth development program for young men and women who are 14-20 years old. Students from Blackfoot High School, Independence Alternative High School and Mountain View Middle School currently participate in the after-school program.
There are several aspects to the venturing program including leadership development, service, outdoor adventures and citizenship.
The program is run by the students, who elect a president, vice president and secretary. Several adults serve in adult leadership roles for the group.
LEAD Executive Director Sonia Martinez said she is excited that LEAD is the chartering agency and that it is a good opportunity to facilitate youth leadership opportunities in the community.
"Leadership development is really a step toward success in life" Martinez said. "It gives these kids opportunities to be in leadership positions."
President Jennifer Mort, a senior at Blackfoot High School, said she wanted to participate in the Venturing Crew to learn valuable leadership skills and learn how to work as part of a group.
"I feel it's a way to help young minds figure out how to be a leader and stand up for things," Mort said.
Nayeli Morales was elected vice president and Reyna Salazar serves as secretary.
Blackfoot High School teacher Merri Ann Drake serves as the adult advisor and crew commissioner. If students are interested in joining the Venturing Crew, Drake can be contacted at BHS at 785-8810.