IF YOU GO

What: Junior Civitan International Meet and Greet


When: 6 p.m. today


Where: Sycamore Park Community Center, 1051 Sycamore St., Farmington


Cost: Free


More info: Call 505-320-5042.

FARMINGTON — Students in junior high and high school around San Juan County will have a new opportunity to make their community a better place with the formation of a new civic club.

Junior Civitan International is a service organization being formed for area youth to become more involved in their community, adviser Latisha Furtado said.

“My biggest goal is to raise good leaders,” Furtado said. “It's a good way of thinking about the community.”

The junior Civitan club will be hosting a meet and greet as the newly formed group reaches out for new members.

Club sponsor Liza Gomez Akley said the club is a part of the Civitan International group, which operates the Civitan golf course, sponsors Civitan Park on Butler Avenue and volunteer at events and organizations across the county.

The Civitans have recently volunteered for the local Salvation Army, operated water booths at area walks and just completed building clothing racks for the Arc thrift store to hang their clothing on.

“There is a need to reach out to the youth and to help support what they are already doing,” Akley said. “We would like to help foster volunteers and leaders who have a sense of community.”

The club's purpose is to develop leadership and encourage young people to learn about service, knowledge and fellowship by organizing projects to pursue in the community.

Furtado said once enough members have joined the club, each member will be able to submit their idea for a project in the community. When all the ideas are submitted, the members will determine which projects the club is interested in pursuing.

“We're just there to encourage what they want to do,” Furtado said. “Everyone will have their fresh ideas of what to do, vote when to do them and they get to run with them.”

Akley said she was looking forward to getting members excited about their community and helping them discover qualities about themselves.

“They have great gifts and qualities that can help in a great way,” Akley said. “Teaching them what's outside of themselves. They are the future of our country, we want good citizens.”

Joshua Kellogg can be reached at jkellogg@daily-times.com; 505-564-4627. Follow him on Twitter @jkelloggdt.