Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

Meet Nicole!

Have you ever met someone who lights up the room the minute they walk in? Well, that’s Nicole Techau, our 2017 Cedar Rapids Youth of the Year! She has attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids for nearly five years. Nicole has overcome many adversities throughout her life. As a young child she recalls her mother braiding her hair, but that is one of very few memories of her. When Nicole was in elementary school, she, her older sister and brother were removed from their mother’s care and eventually came to live with their adoptive mother, Cathy. Cathy introduced Nicole to the Boys & Girls 
Club where she found her mentors, the Club staff. Early on, through a Club program called Families Plus, Nicole and her family received help to make them more cohesive as a family. The more Nicole attended the Club, she gained confidence and learned new skills. Through the Club’s arts programming, she found a love for the performing arts and is now the captain of her show choir team at Washington High School! Last year, as one of the eight original Club Members who made up the Young Mentors Movement, Nicole learned the importance of leading and participating in service projects and the importance of practicing financial responsibility. Through the Young Mentors Movement, she also improved her presentation skills with support from our local Toastmasters group and had the opportunity to visit Kirkwood Community College, Coe College and Mount Mercy University to learn the importance of graduating from high school and moving on to post-secondary education. Today, Nicole is looking forward to a career as an OBGYN doctor!
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